French ex-president Sarkozy convicted of corruption, sentenced to year in prison

A Paris court finds French former President Nicolas Sarkozy guilty of corruption and influence peddling and sentences him to one year in prison and a two-year suspended sentence.

The 66-year-old politician, who was president from 2007 to 2012, is convicted for having tried to illegally obtain information from a senior magistrate in 2014 about a legal action in which he was involved.

The court says Sarkozy will be entitled to request to be detained at home with an electronic bracelet.

Sarkozy will face another trial later this month along with 13 other people on charges of illegal financing of his 2012 presidential campaign.

In this Oct.29, 2020 file photo, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy attends a ceremony in Nice, southern France (Valery Hache; Pool via AP, File)