Trial Looms For Former French President Accused Of Campaign Finance Fraud

A top French court on Friday rejected an appeal by former president Nicolas Sarkozy to avoid facing charges of illicit financing for his failed 2012 re-election bid, with a trial of the ex-head of state now appearing inevitable, the French news agency AFP reported. Prosecutors claim Sarkozy spent nearly 43 million euros ($51 million) on his lavish re-election bid – almost double the legal limit of 22.5 million euros – using fake invoices, and demanded he answer the charges in court. Sarkozy has denounced the charges, saying he was unaware of the fraud by executives at the public relations firm Bygmalion, who are also among a total of 13 people likely to face trial. Sarkozy’s lawyers appealed…