Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy found guilty of corruption and sentenced to one year in prison

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty of corruption and influence peddling on Monday and sentenced to one year in prison. He was also given a two-year suspended sentence.

Sarkozy’s two co-defendants were also found guilty and given the same sentence.

A Paris court ruled that Sarkozi, 66, who was president between 2007 and 2012, illegally obtained information from a senior magistrate in 2014 about a legal action in which he was involved.

The court said Sarkozy can be detained at home with an electronic bracelet. He will face another trial later this month along with 13 other people on charges of illegally financing of his 2012 presidential campaign.

This article will be updated.

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