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Sarkozy resigns from top French body over expenses rejection


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-euro ($13-million) reimbursement.