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Former French president Sarkozy sentenced to 1-year jail term over illegally financing 2012 election campaign

France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy has been found guilty of illegal campaign financing and sentenced to one year in prison. The court will let him serve the sentence at home.

The ex-president will be able to complete his sentence without going to jail, but he will have to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet, the court ruled.

Sarkozy, who was president between 2007 and 2012 and still maintains a strong influence in the country's conservative circles, wasn't present at the hearing. The 66-year-old politician has the legal right to appeal against the ruling.

He earlier denied any wrongdoing, telling the court in June that he hadn’t been involved in the logistics or allocation of funds in his campaign for a second term as president in 2012.

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