France’s Sarkozy found guilty of illegal campaign financing, appeals court confirms

By Thomson Reuters Feb 14, 2024 | 7:04 AM

By Juliette Jabkhiro

PARIS (Reuters) – Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty on Wednesday by a Paris appeals court of illegal campaign financing over his failed 2012 re-election bid.

He was sentenced to one-year year prison sentence, half of which suspended, that can be served through alternative means like wearing an electronic bracelet.

Sarkozy had been handed a one-year prison sentence in 2021 when first found guilty, though that was suspended while he launched his appeal.

(Reporting by Juliette Jabkhiro, editing by Tassilo Hummel)