France’s Sarkozy faces jail term in campaign financing trial

PARIS (AP) — The trial of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has concluded in Paris, after a month during which the court sought to determine whether he broke laws on campaign financing in his unsuccessful 2012 re-election bid. Prosecutors requested a six-month prison term, as well as a six-month suspended sentence and a fine of 3,750 euros ($4,468). Sarkozy has denied wrongdoing. The verdict is to be delivered on September 30. Sarkozy, 66, was president of France from 2007 to 2012. He is accused of having spent almost twice the maximum legal amount of 22.5 million euros ($27.5 million) on the re-election bid that he lost to Socialist Francois Hollande.