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French court postpones Sarkozy campaign financing trial to May 20

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PARIS (Reuters) – A French court on Wednesday postponed the illegal campaign financing trial of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy to May 20 after a co-accused told the judges his defense lawyer was sick with COVID-19.

Prosecutors allege that during Sarkozy’s failed 2012 re-election bid, he and his party splurged nearly double the sum permitted under electoral law on extravagant campaign rallies, and then used a friendly public relations agency to hide the cost.

(Reporting by Tangi Salaun, Editing by Richard Lough)

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