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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy found guilty.

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been handed a one-year prison term and two-year suspended sentence after being found guilty of corruption and influence peddling.


The 66-year-old was convicted by a court in Paris on Monday for having tried to illegally obtain information from a senior magistrate in 2014 about a legal action in which he was involved.


The court said Sarkozy will be entitled to request to be detained at home with an electronic bracelet, meaning he is unlikely to go to jail.


The trial at the end of last year heard how the former politician, who was president from 2007 to 2012, forged a "corruption pact" with his lawyer Thierry Herzog, 65, and senior magistrate Gilbert Azibert, 74.


The trial focused on phone conversations that took place in February 2014. At the time, investigative judges had launched an inquiry into the financing of the 2007 presidential campaign.


During the investigation, they incidentally discovered that Sarkozy and Herzog were communicating via secret mobile phones registered to the alias "Paul Bismuth".


According to wiretapped conversations, Sarkozy instructed Herzog to promise Azibert a job in Monaco in exchange for leaking information about another legal case in which he was involved.

Source: SkyNews

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