A one-year prison sentence including a six-month suspended sentence and a 3,750 euros fine were requested this Thursday against Nicolas Sarkozy, tried before the Paris Criminal Court in the Bygmalion trial, targeting the excessive expenditure of his 2012 presidential campaign.
At the end of an indictment with two votes, the prosecutors underlined the “total casually” of the former head of state in the management of the finances of a campaign “in massive gold”, which cost nearly double the authorized limit. Nicolas Sarkozy was absent at the hearing.
Eighteen months to four years suspended prison sentence were required against the 13 other co-convicts. Prosecutors have asked for a three-year suspended prison sentence and a 50,000-euro fine for the former deputy campaign director, Jérôme Lavrilleux, the only one to have recognized the fraud. Against the three former executives of Bygmalion who admitted to having accepted the establishment of the system of false invoices, eighteen months of suspended prison were required.