I’m pretty sure he’s been guilty of corruption for a long, long time.
Remember Oil for Food, that great idea from the UN? Yeah, all that did was line the pockets of the rich and powerful, including Chirac, who pretended to be all principled and shit. Not so much.
This verdict just means he is now found guilty of corruption charges, from his time as Paris mayor, 1977-1995, well before he leveraged his corrupt ways into millions more as president.