Keyword: 2012 campaign

Sarkozy 2012 campaign spent double the legal cash limit

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Nicolas Sarkozy's 2012 election campaign spent nearly 46 million euros. © Reuters Nicolas Sarkozy's 2012 election campaign spent nearly 46 million euros. © Reuters

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.

Right-wing UMP forced to launch cash appeal after Sarkozy's election accounts are thrown out

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After his accounts were rejected by France's top constitutional court, the former president resigned from that body, to enable him to 'speak freely' on the issue. He and his supporters claim the ruling - the first of its kind -  is 'unfair'. Meanwhile, as Mathilde Mathieu reports, the main opposition party the UMP now has to find 11 million euros to avoid potential financial ruin.