Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to one year in prison for illegally funding a re-election bid in 2012. Surgery UK Reports
However, the 66-year-old is unlikely to see the inside of the actual prison, as the court said he could wear an electronic bracelet and spend his time under house arrest.
The prosecution had asked the court for a six-month suspended sentence in addition to the original six-month sentence.
This is the second time Sarkozy has been convicted. The 66-year-old led France from 2007 to 2012 and is said to have considerable influence among conservatives despite recent legal battles.
Sarkozy became the first modern-day French leader to receive two prison sentences.
His conservative party, Les Republicans, is said to have spent about 22 5.22.5 million (currently .4 19.4 million) on foreign election campaigns through the election law.
According to prosecutors, Sarkozy hired a friendly public relations agency to cover up the misunderstanding during his campaign against Francois Hollande.
In his defense, Sarkozy told the court in June that he did not have detailed information about the logistical arrangements for his re-election campaign, nor did he know that the law had been violated.
However, the court said it was informed of the foreign expenditure but chose to look the other way.
Sarkozy refused to appear in court again today, choosing his legal team to replace him, as he has done throughout the proceedings.
His refusal to appear in court has drawn the attention of prosecutors Vanessa Perry and Nicolas Betito, who have accused him of violating the values of democracy.
Along with Sarkozy, 13 other members of the party and the Bygmalin PR agency in charge of campaign management were also found guilty. He has been sentenced to two to three-and-a-half years in prison.