Sarkozy guilty of breaking election law

A French court has found former President Nicolas Sarkozy guilty of illegal campaign financing. He was sentenced to a year in prison but would be allowed to serve the time at home by wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet.

Sarkozy has been dogged by a series of legal entanglements. He was convicted in March of trying to bribe a judge, among other charges. He became the first former president in recent French history to be sentenced to jail time.

In this case, the court looked into Sarkozy's spending during his failed 2012 reelection campaign. Candidates were allowed a limit of about 20 million dollars. Prosecutors found he spent around twice that amount then hired a public relations firm to hide the costs.

Prosecutors argued Sarkozy knew the spending limit but chose to finance huge rallies anyway. He denied any wrongdoing and said he was not involved in logistics or accounting.

Sarkozy led the country from 2007 to 2012 and remains an influential voice among French conservatives. His lawyer said he would appeal.