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Ex-President Of France Sentenced To Jail 

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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozywas sentenced on Thursday to one year in prison for illegal campaign financing in his failed 2012 re-election bid.

The judge said Sarkozy could serve the sentence by wearing an electronic bracelet at home. All 13 co-defendants have been found guilty.

“Nicolas Sarkozy knew the spending limit,” the judge said. “He knew he shouldn’t exceed it.”

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We learned that according to the court, Sarkozy exceeded the capped campaign expenses in 2012 in his ultimately failed re-election campaign, the conservative governed from the Elysee Palace from 2007 to 2012.

In France, campaign expenses are capped to create more equality of opportunity between candidates.

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The maximum allowed in 2012 was 22.5 million euros (26.1 million dollars); Sarkozy’s team was said to have spent at least 42.8 million.

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This is the second criminal case involving Sarkozy.

In March he was handed a three-year prison sentence, two of which were suspended, for corruption and influence peddling. The 66-year-old has appealed the March conviction.

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