Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy said during the trial accused of illegally funding his failed 2012 election campaign that he did nothing wrong.
The provocative Sarkozy said in court on Monday that he was not involved in the campaign logistics for the second presidential term, nor was he involved in the way campaign funds were spent.
“Am I going to commit fraud and did something wrong? Am I careless? Careless? My answer is the simplest’no’ to all of this,” Sarkozy said in court. “From the moment they told me everything was normal, I had no reason to think about it anymore.”
The 66-year-old Sarkozy told the judge that he is responsible for the political direction of the campaign, but not for organizing rallies, preparing campaign materials and paying bills.
Prosecutors accused Sarkozy’s Conservative Party of spending nearly twice the 22.5 million euros allowed by the electoral law on extravagant campaign gatherings, and then hired a friendly public relations agency to conceal these expenses.
The prosecutors admitted in the indictment that their investigation failed to prove that Sarkozy was organized or that he participated in the plan, but argued that he benefited from it and that he must have been aware of it.