Franck Attal

Every man for himself! Defendants in Sarkozy campaign funding trial seek to deflect blame

France

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and 13 other defendants are facing a variety of charges over the massive and illegal overspend in the ex-head of state's presidential election campaign in 2012 and the attempts to hide it. The prosecution claims that the public relations and events firm Bygmalion helped to conceal this multi-million-euro overspend by issuing fake bills for staging political rallies to Sarkozy's political party, the UMP, rather than just the election campaign itself. But Bygmalion's executives at the company and its events subsidiary have no intention of shouldering the blame for what happened. Mediapart's legal affairs correspondent Michel Deléán was in court to hear the evidence from one of them, Franck Attal.

Three placed under investigation over Sarkozy's 2012 campaign finances

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The trio worked for PR firm Bygmalion and a subsidiary which organised events for former president's failed re-election bid in 2012.