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Former French President Sarkozy Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

What Happened:

  • On Monday, a French court sentenced former French president Nicolas Sarkozy to three years in prison for corruption and influence peddling.

  • Sarkozy was president of France from 2007 to 2012 and was found guilty of illegally trying to obtain information about an investigation into his campaign finances.

  • The judge decided that Sarkozy did not need to serve his time in prison and will instead be under house arrest with an electronic bracelet. Sarkozy is the first one-time president to have been sentenced to jail in France's history.

  • Through wiretaps, prosecutors proved that Sarkozy had offered prestigious positions in exchange for information about the ongoing investigation into his campaign finances.

  • Sarkozy still faces other charges and will stand trial again in a few weeks for allegedly violating campaign financing rules in his unsuccessful 2012 presidential bid.

Photo Source: Nicolas Sarkozy

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