France’s Sarkozy plays down new conviction at book signing event

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PARIS (Reuters) – Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Saturday played down his conviction for illegal campaign financing over his failed 2012 re-election bid, suggesting many people in France had doubts about this week’s guilty verdict. Sarkozy, 66, made his first public comments on the conviction – his second this year – during an appearance at a Paris bookshop to sign copies of his new book “Promenades”, which is focused on his literary and cultural influences. Hundreds of people gathered at the Lamartine bookshop to greet the former leader despite the verdict, something Sarkozy said …

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