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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is being questioned by judges over claims that he used his party’s money to pay fines leveled against him after he broke his 2012 presidential campaign spending limit.
Sarkozy, the head of the center-right Union for a Popular Movement party, arrived Wednesday at the financial section of the high court of Paris to be interrogated over charges of breach of trust, complicity and concealment.
In 2013, France’s Constitutional Council ruled that Sarkozy had exceeded spending limits for his election campaign by 50 percent more than allowed under French law and ordered him to pay a fine of 363,615 euros.
Under the French electoral law, Sarkozy had to pay the fine on his own as a candidate; however, it was the UMP party who did.
The former head of state paid the fine using a check from the UMP treasurer.
UMP's former chief Jean-Francois Cope and the former party treasurer Catherine Vautrin have both been charged over the affair.
Judges will decide if the court will hear Sarkozy as a witness, assisting witness or charge him as well.
Sarkozy was elected as head of the UMP opposition party, in a breakout into France’s political scene ahead of his 2017 presidential bid.Last Mod: 01 Nisan 2015, 14:34