Sarkozy, who had maintained his innocence, is the second French President in a decade to be convicted after leaving office
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to three years in jail – two of them suspended – for corruption. Sarkozy, 66, the husband of singer-model Carla Bruni, has been found guilty of trying to bribe a magistrate by offering a job in Monaco in return for information about a criminal inquiry into his political party.
The senior magistrate, Gilbert Azibert, and Sarkozy’s former lawyer, Thierry Herzog, got the same sentence in what has been dubbed a ‘corruption pact’. As reported in the Guardian, judges said ‘there was “serious evidence” of collaboration between the three men to break the law. The court had heard how Sarkozy instructed his lawyer, Thierry Herzog, to offer the magistrate a cushy job on the Côte d’Azur in return for information on a separate investigation centred on the rightwing politician.’
Prosecutors told the court the 66-year-old should be jailed for four years and serve at least two. During his testimony, Mr Sarkozy said he was the victim of lies and denied ever committing an act of corruption. The former French President was sentenced to three years in prison, two of which will be suspended.