Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has resigned from the Constitutional Council – after it upheld a ruling by an electoral watchdog that he exceeded official spending limits during his last campaign.
The ruling means Sarkozy is no longer eligible will lose out on a reimbursement of around 10 million euros.
Sarkozy, who lost out to Socialist Francois Hollande in last year’s election, said he would respond to the Council’s decision.
He said he had to resign from the body immediately in order to “regain” his “freedom of speech”.
The Constitutional Council is France’s top legal body and all former presidents are invited to serve on it.