A French court imposed a one-year prison sentence on former French President Nicolas Sarkozy adding this could be served at home.
Sarkozy was found guilty of having illegally financed his 2012 re-election bid.
Earlier, Sarkozy who led France from 2007 to 2012, had denied graft charges against him, saying he was a victim of witch-hunt by financial prosecutors who used excessive means to snoop on his affairs.
Sarkozy has 10 days to appeal the ruling.
Sarkozy is the second former president in modern France, after the late Jacques Chirac, to be convicted of corruption.
Countries should impose anti-graft laws that convict both serving and retired leaders despite their positions.