Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been found guilty of illegally financing his failed campaign for reelection in 2012. This is the second time Sarkozy has been convicted for corruption in office. Sentenced to one year in prison after the most recent verdict, Sarkozy will likely instead be allowed to serve his sentence at home.
Former French president faces more charges
Nicolas Sarkozy served as President of France from 2007 to 2012, when he was defeated by Socialist Party candidate François Hollande.
French Presidents invariably end their terms in office either consumed by scandals or with abysmally low approval ratings from the public. Usually both.
The latest conviction for Sarkozy stems from his exceeding the legal limit for campaign financing in 2012; his party nearly doubled the legal spending cap and then tried to cover it up.
Earlier this year he was convicted for attempting to bribe a judge in 2014 in an effort to influence yet another corruption case which was ongoing at the time.
Sarkozy has managed to drag all of these cases out over nearly a decade since leaving office but they are now finally coming to a close.
The former president may next face a conviction for allegedly receiving millions of Euros from former Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi to illegally finance his 2007 campaign.