Sarkozy 2012 campaign spent double the legal cash limit

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An expert report has revealed for the first time the full extent of the massive overspend by Nicolas Sarkozy's failed election campaign in 2012. The document, seen by Mediapart, shows that the former president's campaign spent a total of nearly 46 million euros – double the fixed ceiling for a presidential candidate. The overspend includes a 'forgotten' 8.2 million euros whose existence only came to light late in 2015. Mathilde Mathieu reports.

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A report sent to judges investigating attempts to conceal overspending in Nicolas Sarkozy's 2012 presidential election campaign has revealed the true extent of the sums involved. The expert report, dated March 17th, 2016, and seen by Mediapart, shows that the former president's campaign spent 45.8 million euros, double the legal limit of 22.5 million euros.