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Sarkozy to resign from constitutional council

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Ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy says he will resign "immediately" from the Constitutional Council, France's highest legal body. The move comes as the council announced that Sarkozy had exceeded legal spending limits in his 2012 presidential campaign.

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Former president Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday resigned from France's top constitutional body after it upheld a decision that he had exceeded official spending limits during last year's election campaign.

Sarkozy said in a statement to AFP that he was resigning "immediately" from the Constitutional Council to "regain his freedom of speech" to react to the decision, which sees him lose out on a €10 million ($13 million) reimbursement.

The move comes as the council announced that Sarkozy had exceeded legal spending limits in his 2012 presidential campaign.

All former French presidents are allowed to serve on the Constitutional Council. As France's highest legal body, the council reviews the legality of proposed legislation.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

 

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