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Former French president Sarkozy convicted of corruption, sentenced to prison – Sydney Morning Herald

A court has found former French president Nicolas Sarkozy guilty of trying to bribe a judge and of influence-peddling and sentenced him to three years in jail.

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Sarkozys co-defendants his lawyer and long-time friend Thierry Herzog, 65, and now-retired magistrate Gilbert Azibert, 74 were also found guilty and given the same sentence as the politician.
The court found that Sarkozy and his co-defendants sealed a pact of corruption, based on consistent and serious evidence.
The court said the facts were particularly serious given that they were committed by a former president who used his status to help a magistrate who had served his personal interest. In…

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