France’s Sarkozy likely to avoid jail despite new conviction

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By Tangi Salaün and Ingrid Melander PARIS (Reuters) -Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was handed a one-year prison sentence by a Paris court on Thursday after being found guilty of illegal campaign financing over his failed 2012 re-election bid. Sarkozy, 66, is unlikely to go to jail. He decided to appeal the sentence, a move that in effect suspends it, and the judge said he could serve the sentence at home with an electronic tag. But the second conviction this year for Sarkozy is a stunning fall from grace…

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