A French court has sentenced former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, to one year in prison after he was found guilty of illegally financing his 2012 re-election campaign.
Sarkozy, 66, was accused of spending about €22.5 million, almost twice the maximum legal amount, for the campaign.
Sarkozy, who led France from 2007 to 2012, had initially denied the charges.
He claimed that he was the victim of a witch-hunt by financial prosecutors who used excessive means to poke around his affairs.
Meanwhile, Sarkozy could serve the sentence at home by wearing an electronic ankle bracelet.
He now has 10 days to appeal the ruling.
Sarkozy is the second former president to be convicted of corruption in the country.
By Everlyne Bosibori