Ex-French president sentenced to jail for corruption


Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to three years in jail for corruption.

Sarkozy, 66, was found guilty of trying to bribe a magistrate, Gilbert Azibert, by promising a prestigious job in Monaco in return for information about a criminal inquiry into his political party.

He was charged alongside two of his associates – ex-lawyer Thierry Herzog and Azibert.

Sarkozy can serve the term at home.

The case centred on conversations between Azibert and Herzog, which were taped by investigators looking into claims that Sarkozy accepted illicit payments from the L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt for his 2007 presidential campaign.

In the ruling, the judge said Sarkozy could serve house arrest with an electronic tag. The ex-president is expected to appeal.

Sarkozy told the court he had “never committed the slightest act of corruption.”

Sarkozy has been swamped with legal woes since he left office. He was eventually cleared of the charges against him in the Bettencourt affair.

But a probe into allegations that he received millions of euros from Libya to fund his 2007 presidential campaign is ongoing.

The ex-President is also due to go on trial in a separate case, from 17 March to 15 April, which relates to the so-called Bygmalion affair.

Sarkozy is accused of having fraudulently overspent in his 2012 presidential campaign. He had served as president since 2007 – but his 2012 re-election bid was unsuccessful.

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