Ex-French president was found guilty Thursday and sentenced to one year house arrest for violating campaign finance laws during his unsuccessful re-election campaign in 2012.

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The 66-year-old was found guilty in a Paris court of spending tens of millions of euros more on his campaign than was permitted under the law.

He will not be jailed, however, and can serve his sentence at home with an electronic bracelet, the court ruled.

Mr Sarkozy denies any wrongdoing and is expected to appeal against the ruling.

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