Paris: Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to one year in prison for corruption and abuse of power. According to the International News Agency, a Paris court sentenced Nicolas Sarkozy, the country's president from 2007 to 2012, to one year in prison for buying a judge and accepting illegal payments from L'Oreal heir Lillian Beaton in his 2007 presidential election.
The court also barred former President Nicolas Sarkozy from holding any office. Nicolas is the second president in France after Jacques Chirac to be convicted of corruption.
The court ruled that Sarkozy himself, as a former lawyer, was fully aware of such an illegal act and that two of his co-defendants had been sentenced to the same sentence.
The 66-year-old politician was accused of illegally seeking information from a senior magistrate in 2014 about any legal action to be taken against him.
The allegations came as tensions between Nicolas Sarkozy and his lawyer, Thierry Herzig, escalated. President Nicolas Sarkozy has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating "Similar, baseless allegations concerning Russia's intelligence have been made more than once. Nicholas can appeal the decision within 10 days.