The sentences are somewhat less than what had been demanded by the Prosecutor's Office, which had asked for two years in prison against the three defendants.
For its part, the Paris Correctional Court specified that two of these years of imprisonment are exempted. Sarkozy can convert the third year of firm imprisonment into house arrest or surveillance with an electronic bracelet.
This ruling is historic, more than nine years after Jacques Chirac's two-year suspended prison sentence in the case of fictitious work in the city of Paris.
This decision is also crucial for Nicolas Sarkozy, who faces a second trial on March 17 in the Bygmalion affair, related to his 2012 presidential campaign costs. The sentence was never served.