PARIS: A French court found former president Nicolas Sarkozy guilty on Monday of trying to bribe a judge and of influence peddling, making him the second head of state in modern-day France to be convicted of corruption.
Sarkozy, who led France from 2007 to 2012, was found guilty of offering a plum job in Monaco to a judge in exchange for inside information on an inquiry into his campaign finances.
He was sentenced to three years in jail, including two years suspended.
The sentence means it is unlikely Sarkozy will physically go to prison, a punishment that in France usually applies to custodial terms above two years.
The court said Sarkozy will be entitled to request to be detained at home with an electronic bracelet.
Sarkozy has 10 days to appeal the ruling.