Ex-French President Sarkozy Sentenced to One Year in Prison for Corruption

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    Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty of corruption by a court in Paris, becoming the country’s second head of state in the modern era to be convicted of a crime after leaving office.

    The 66-year-old was sentenced to a one-year prison term for offering to pull strings to help a magistrate land a prestigious job in return for a favor — although the French legal system means he’s unlikely to serve jail time. His long-time lawyer and the now-retired court official were also convicted.

    “Sarkozy used his status as former French president,” Presiding Judge Christine Mée said on Monday as she read out the court’s decision. She said his crime was “particularly serious” and harmed the rule of law. Sarkozy plans to appeal his conviction.

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