Nicolas Sarkozy, the former president of France, has been found guilty of unlawful campaign funding during his failed 2012 reelection attempt.
In France, election campaign expenditure is restricted to provide more equality between candidates.
At the time, the maximum campaign spending limit was 22.5 million euros.
Sarkozy, who led France from 2007 to 2012 and remains popular among conservatives despite his legal troubles, was found guilty for the second time this year.
The court has not yet decided on a punishment for him.
Prosecutors were asking a one-year jail term for the 66-year-old former president, with half of it suspended. He is unlikely to go to jail right now since he is anticipated to appeal the sentence.