The investigation into the case was closed earlier on Monday, the broadcaster Europe1 said, citing obtained information. The investigators found evidence that Sarkozy's 2012 campaign spending exceeded the maximum limit of 22.5 million euros ($20 million) and was disguised by means of bogus invoices issued by the Bygmalion PR company. The amount spent totaled about 50 million euros, the media outlet added.
According to the media outlet, the former leader will not stand trial for the alleged campaign funding fraud before the upcoming presidential elections, scheduled to be held in spring 2017. Should he be elected the new head of state, he will be granted immunity from prosecution, only being tried after the end of his presidential term, the media outlet added.
Nicolas Sarkozy served as president in 2007-2012 During his tenure as head of state he pushed through measures to curb irregular immigration and also oversaw a number of unpopular reforms, including raising the retirement age from 60 to 62, relaxing the 35-hour working week and altering the tax system to encourage overtime and home ownership.