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Nicolas Sarkozy, former head of the Les Republicains political party, attends Les Republicains LR political party summer camp in La Baule, France, September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

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PARIS (Reuters) - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy should face trial over alleged funding irregularities in his failed 2012 re-election campaign, the Paris state prosecutor has recommended, according to a judicial source.

If the investigating magistrate in charge of the case agrees with the prosecutor's view, a trial could complicate Sarkozy's bid for re-election in next year's presidential contest.

Sarkozy was put under formal investigation with regard to the scandal in February this year.

(Reporting by Chine Labbe; Writing by Andrew Callus; Editing by Brian Love)

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