A Paris court has convicted former French President Nicolas Sarkozy of corruption and sentenced him to one year in prison. Sarkozy, who led France from 2007 to 2012 and remains influential among conservatives, was accused of trying to bribe a judge and of influence peddling in exchange for inside information on an investigation into his presidential campaign finances.
Prosecutors told the court the 66-year-old should be jailed for four years and serve at least two. During his testimony, Sarkozy said he was the victim of lies and denied ever committing an act of corruption.
“Never. Never abused my influence, alleged or real,” he told the court in December. “What right do they have to drag me through the mud like this for six years? Is there no rule of law?”

Prosecutors allege Sarkozy offered to secure a plum job in Monaco for judge Gilbert Azibert in return for confidential information about an inquiry into accusations that he had accepted illegal payments from L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt for his 2007 presidential campaign.