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Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy Friday appealed for funds for his cash-strapped UMP party after his poll expenses from last year's campaign were rejected, making him lose out on a 10 million euro ($13 million) reimbursement.
Sarkozy resigned from the Constitutional Council on Thursday after it upheld the poll watchdog's decision that he had filed expenses of nearly 23 million euros, which exceeded the spending ceiling by 2.1 percent.
"All political formations have been reimbursed by the state with the exception of UMP," Sarkozy said in a message on Facebook.
"This unprecedented situation in the Fifth Republic threatens the formation that must prepare the really necessary alternative to socialism," he said, urging people to donate to his right-wing party.
"I have to take on my responsibilities by committing myself to work towards the freedom of democratic expression in our country. I am asking you to help me by mobilising... towards this end."
The Constitutional Council's decision means that Sarkozy, who lost to Socialist Francois Hollande, is not eligible for the reimbursement of 47.5 percent of total campaign spending he was due under election financing laws.
He will also need to return 150,000 euros advanced by the state for the campaign.
It is the first time that a candidate reaching the second round of presidential elections has seen his campaign expenses rejected.
Sarkozy has been implicated in a series of campaign funding scandals allegedly involving Liliane Bettencourt, France's richest woman, and former Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi. But he has consistently denied any wrongdoing.
The UMP is already in financial trouble as its funding has been affected by the fall in the number of its lawmakers. French parties receive grants from the government based on their strength in parliament.
UMP leader Jean-Francois Cope has also called for a "massive national contribution" in the wake of Sarkozy's resignation, to "prevent the French political arena from being monopolised by the left and radical parties."
Although Sarkozy has not said anything officially about making a comeback, people close to him have said he is keen to return to the political scene and even possible be a candidate in the elections due in 2017.