France Politics : Ex-French President Sentenced To Jail For Corruption

French ex-President presIdent Nicolas Sarkozy has been found guilty of corruption and sentenced to three years in prison.

The 66-year-old was found guilty of trying to bribe a magistrate by offering him a prestigious job in return for information about a separate criminal case against Sarkozy.

He is the first Former French President to receive a custodial sentence and is expected to appeal.

The Judge said Sarkozy could serve a year at home with an electronic tag.

The Judge said the conservative politician "knew what he was doing was wrong adding that his actions and those of his lawyer had given the public "a very bad image of justice".

The crimes were specified as influence-peddling and violation of professional secrecy.