Sarkozy sentenced to 3 years
A French court on Monday convicted former president Nicolas Sarkozy on charges of corruption and influence peddling and handed him a three-year prison sentence, including two years suspended.
Magistrates in a Paris court found Sarkozy guilty of proposing a prestigious job in Monaco to a prosecutor in exchange for tip-offs on an inquiry into allegations that he had exploited the mental frailty of the late L'Oreal heiress, Liliane Bettencourt, to enjoy donations in cash to finance his 2007 presidential campaign.
Sarkozy's lawyer Thierry Herzog and former magistrate Gilbert Azibert were sentenced to the same penalty on charges of corruption.
Sarkozy, who led France from 2007 to 2012, has 10 days to appeal the ruling.