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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy Sentenced To Jail For Corruption

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French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to three years in jail, two of them suspended, for corruption.

The 66-year-old was found guilty of trying to bribe a magistrate by offering him a prestigious job in return for information about a separate criminal case against Sarkozy.

He is the first former French president to receive a custodial sentence.

The magistrate and Sarkozy’s former lawyer got similar sentences. All three defendants are expected to appeal.

In the ruling, the judge in Paris said Sarkozy could serve a year at home with an electronic tag, rather than go to prison.

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