Former French president Sarkozy facing new charges over alleged illegal campaign financing

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy claims he's victim of a "plot" in this case. PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (REUTERS, AFP) - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is facing new legal charges over alleged illegal financing of his successful election campaign in 2007, the financial prosecutor's office said on Friday (Oct 16), confirming an earlier Mediapart press report.

Sarkozy, who once again claimed his innocence on his Facebook page, has now been indicted for "conspiracy" in the inquiry over alleged Libyan financing of this campaign.

In 2018, Sarkozy, who was president of France between 2007 and 2012, had been indicted for illegal financing and passive corruption.

"After four days of questioning, during which I answered all the questions that I was asked... my innocence has again been disregarded by a decision that doesn't bring any evidence of any illicit financing", Sarkozy said on social media.

Sarkozy, who claims he's victim of a "plot" in this case, is the second former French president to stand trial after the late Jacques Chirac.

Prosecutors suspect that Sarkozy and his associates received millions of euros from the regime of former Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi to help finance his election bid.

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