Sarkozy was detained and questioned for about 15 hours in connection with a suspected attempted to influence judicial proceedings in one of the corruption cases that he's involved.
After the lengthy questioning, the former president was taken in the early hours of Wednesday to appear before a judge, where he was charged with corruption and influence peddling, the prosecution said in a statement.
If Sarkozy is found guilty he could face a sentence of upto 10 years in prison. If he does go to prison, this would marr chances of making a political comeback. Sarkozy was trying to make a comeback for the next presidential poll in 2017.
But after he got embroiled in corruption charges, his plans to contest elections took a backseat.