Judges on Monday found former French President Nicolas Sarkozy guilty of corruption after he tried to bribe a top lawyer with the promise of a job in Monaco.
He was sentenced to one year in prison with a further two years suspended but the court said Sarkozy can request to be detained at home with an electronic bracelet.
The court said the promises Sarkozy made were particularly serious given that they were committed by a former president who used his status to help a magistrate who had served his personal interest.
The court added that, as a former lawyer, he was perfectly informed over what constituted an illegal act.
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