A French prosecutor has requested a criminal trial for former President Nicolas Sarkozy over suspected illegal overspending on his failed 2012 re-election campaign.
The Paris prosecutor's office said Monday it has asked investigating judges to send Sarkozy and 13 others to court in the case.
Sarkozy announced his bid for next year's presidential election last month and faces a primary in November against a dozen other conservative candidates.
If Sarkozy was elected next year, he would be granted immunity as president and would not be able to stand trial in the case before the end of the five-year term.
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