A French court on Thursday has given former president Nicolas Sarkozy one year prison sentence for illegal financing of his 2012 re-election bid, dealing a fresh blow to the right-winger six months after a conviction for corruption.
The 66-year-old politician will not serve time behind bars under the terms of this verdict. With the court ruling, he can serve the sentence outside of prison with electronic tag.
The verdict comes six months after Mr Sarkozy was found guilty of corruption in a separate trial.
In France, spending on an election campaign is capped for greater equality between candidates. The upper limit allowed for campaign spending at the time was 22.5 million euros, however, about 42.8 million euros is said to have been spent by Sarkozy’s team.