PARIS – Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has ruled out running again next year the day after a court found him guilty of corruption and influence on peddling and sentenced him to one Year imprisonment He appealed the decision

In an interview with the French newspaper Le Figaro on Tuesday, Sarkozy condemned Monday’s verdict as a “deep injustice” ”

Sarkozy, 66, who served as president from 2007 to 2012, was convicted of attempting to bribe a judge for information about a legal case he was involved in

The Paris court found that Sarkozy and his two co-defendants sealed a “corruption pact” in 2014 based on “consistent and serious evidence” ”

Sarkozy has been sentenced to one year in prison and a two-year suspended sentence on appeal. The appeal suspends the court’s decision

Sarkozy retired from active politics in 2017 but still plays an important role behind the scenes.Some Conservative officials have pushed for his candidacy in the 2022 presidential election

In Le Figaro he suggested that for family reasons he had not considered running again for an elected office

“I had said that I would not run in the presidential election, I will keep it up,” he was quoted as saying

Still, he said he intended to play a role in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections next year

Sarkozy will be tried again later this month on suspicion of his 2012 presidential campaign that ended in victory for socialist rival Francois Hollande

His Conservative Party and a company called Bygmalion are accused of using a special accounting system to hide alleged spending of $ 50 million – almost double the maximum approved

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