Nicolas Sarkozy sentenced to 3 three years in jail for corruption

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced by a Paris court to three years in prison after being convicted of corruption and influence peddling.

Sarkozy, who served as president from 2007-2012, was accused of having offered a judge a job in exchange for confidential information related to another trial he was facing, Politico reports.

On Monday, a court in Paris sentenced him to three years in jail, two of them suspended — although it’s unlikely he will be moved to prison as the term can be served under conditions such as house arrest.

Prosecutors said Sarkozy and his lawyer discussed offering a prestige post in Monaco to Azibert in return for information about the Bettencourt case, which was eventually dropped.

Herzog and Azibert were also on trial with Sarkozy and similarly charged with corruption and influence peddling. They were also sentenced to jail terms.

The corruption trial is one in several cases Sarkozy is involved in. Next March, the former president is due in court over accusations of violating campaign financing rules during his failed 2012 reelection bid.

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