Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was sentenced to three years in jail on Monday.
Sarkozy has charges of trying to bribe a judge in 2014. It was after his departure from the President’s office that he did so by suggesting to secure a prestigious job for him in return for information about a separate case.
This makes 66-year-old Sarkozy the first former French Prez to get a custodial sentence.
Sarkozy will go for an appeal through his lawyer. He had served a single five-year term as president from 2007. Moreover, he is popular for adopting tough anti-immigration policies. He also sought to reform France’s economy during the global financial crisis.
Furthermore, Mr Sarkozy is due to go on another trial next month. It will be about the Bygmalion affair, in which he has charges of having overspent in his unsuccessful 2012 campaign.
Investigators are also looking into other charges against him. These fall under the category of foreign funding. This goes for that Sarkozy received some foreign funding. And it also pertains to receiving funds from Libya’s former leader Muammar Gaddafi.