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Former French President Sarkozy Under Probe Over Campaign Funding Fraud

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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been put under investigation over alleged illegal financing of his failed attempt to win the presidency in 2012, the BFMTV television reported Tuesday.

PARIS (Sputnik) — The investigation centers on a scandal involving Bygmalion PR company, which has allegedly falsified Sarkozy's election campaign bills in order to skirt around France's strict candidate's spending limits.

French right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party President, Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech during the LR National Council on February 14, 2016 in Paris. - Sputnik International
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The scandal surrounding Bygmalion emerged in spring 2014, when lawyer Patrick Maisonneuve publicly acknowledged the fact of fraud and stated that the unlawful manipulations with accounts.

Four former Bygmalion executives have been put under investigation for alleged political financing affairs since the 2012 campaign.

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