PARIS—Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty Monday of trying to bribe a magistrate, becoming the first president in the history of France’s post-World War II republic to face house arrest.
A Paris court convicted Mr. Sarkozy on charges of influence-peddling and corruption, sentencing him to three years in prison for offering to help a magistrate land a plum position in the principality of Monaco in exchange for confidential information about an inquiry into the finances of his 2007 presidential campaign.
The court suspended two years of Mr. Sarkozy’s prison sentence, adding that the former president should serve the remaining year under house arrest wearing an electronic bracelet. Under French law, Mr. Sarkozy isn’t required to serve any sentence until the appeals process is exhausted.
Mr. Sarkozy “used his status as a former president and the political and diplomatic relationships he built while in power to reward a magistrate who served his personal interests,” the judges wrote in their ruling.
Mr. Sarkozy left the courtroom without making a statement. A lawyer for Mr. Sarkozy said he would appeal the ruling.