Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy sentenced to jail

A Paris court has handed former French President Nicolas Sarkozy a one-year prison sentence after finding him guilty of illegal campaign financing of his failed 2012 re-election bid.

Sarkozy, 66, is unlikely to go to jail despite Thursday’s ruling.

He is expected to appeal the sentence, a move that will in effect suspend it

The judge said he could serve the sentence at home with an electronic tag.

Sarkozy, France’s president from 2007 to 2012, was accused of having spent almost twice the maximum legal amount of 22.5 million euros ($26m) on a re-election bid that he lost to the Socialist Party’s Francois Hollande. (AlJazeera)

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