Pasqua was found guilty on only one of the charges against him - that of siphoning off money from arms exporter, Sofremi, which was run by the Interior Ministry.
As he pointed out on leaving court, he was let off on two other charges.
"The corruption accusations are over and done with," he said Friday. "They didn't stand up to objective examination. How can anyone imagine that I could have been corrupted?"
The prosecution had called for him to be sent to jail for two years and given a further two-year suspended sentence.
Pasqua, who was a controversial Interior Minister from 1986 to1988 and again between 1993 and1995, is an emblematic figure on the French right and played a historic role in the post-war Gaullist movement.
He has already been found guilty in several other cases which did not pertain to his time in government.