- Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to one year in prison.
- He was found guilty of illegal campaign financing and accused of having spent more than legally allowed.
- This is the second time he has been convicted and sentenced to prison, although he is appealing to both.
Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s former president, was sentenced to one year in prison after a Paris court found him guilty of over-consumption in a political campaign.
Prosecutors said Sarkozy, 66, overconsumed during his failed campaign to be re-elected in 2012, Reuters reported. He eventually lost this campaign to François Hollande.
They said he spent almost double the 22.5 million euros (currently to $ 19.43 million) that the election law allowed him to spend.
Sarkozy denied the allegations, saying he was not involved in the logistics of his campaign or its expenses, Reuters reported.
The judge said Sarkozy could serve his sentence at home with an electronic tag, the BBC reported. Sarkozy also plans to appeal the verdict, Reuters reported.
Sarkozy, who served as president from 2007 to 2012, is the first former French president to be convicted of a criminal offense.
This is also Sarkozy’s second conviction: He was sentenced to three years in prison in March as part of a corruption scandal.
Two of those years were suspended and Sarkozy has not spent any time in jail as he appeals the verdict.