Former French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, has been sentenced to three years in jail for corruption, two of which have been suspended.

Sarkozy was found guilty of trying to bribe a magistrate by offering a prestigious job in Monaco in return for information about a criminal inquiry into his political party.

The 66-year-old is the first president to have been sentenced to jail in France’s modern history.

The magistrate and Sarkozy’s former lawyer also received the same sentence.

In the ruling, the judge said the ex-president could serve a year at home with an electronic tag, rather than go to prison. 

Sarkozy is also due to go on trial in a separate case, from March 17 to April 15, for having fraudulently overspent in his 2012 presidential campaign.