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FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 file picture, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech after being defeated on the first round of the French right wing party 'Les Republicains' primaries in Paris, France. (Ian Langsdon/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy will face trial for alleged campaign fraud


Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy will face trial for allegations of campaign finance fraud, Paris prosecutor's office said Tuesday.

Sarkozy will join 13 other people to answer allegations that his failed presidential campaign in 2012 spent far more than legally allowed. Sarkozy's office said he will appeal the decision.

Sarkozy's former prime minister, Francois Fillon, is running for president this year and battling allegations that he gave fake, cushy political jobs to his wife and kids.

Sarkozy ran for president again in 2016 and lost in the primary.

Sarkozy's party, known as the UMP, allegedly paid the bill for his 2012 campaign, rather than his campaign paying for itself, the BBC reports.

Meanwhile, another presidential candidate, the far-right Marine Le Pen, has been ordered to return funds the French Parliament claims she has misspent.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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