François Fillon: Former French prime minister sentenced to five years in prison

François Fillon: Former French prime minister sentenced to five years in prison

The verdict concluded that Fillon paid his wife and children, as well as Joulaud, hundreds of thousands of euros from the public payroll for little or no work.

Fillon was sentenced to five years in prison, three of them were suspended, as well as a fine of 375,000 euros ($ 423,000) and a ten-year ban on running in the elections.

His wife Penelope was sentenced to a suspended prison sentence of three years and a fine of 375,000 euros.

Filloni and their co-accused were also ordered to reimburse the French National Assembly more than a million euros ($ 1.13 million).

“This decision … is not fair and we will appeal,” said Antonin Lévy, Fillon’s lawyer BFM-TV. “A new trial will follow. In the last few days, we have begun to understand the gruesome conditions in which this investigation was launched.”

A scandal breaks out

Fillon was prime minister under President Nicolas Sarkozy between 2007 and 2012.

His problems began 2017. when the French satirical newspaper Le Canard Enchainé he reported that his wife and two adult children earned nearly a million euros as parliamentary assistants for alleged bogus jobs.

He then dismissed his claims, saying his wife had worked as his deputy for 15 years and led several roles, including managing his schedule and representing him at cultural events. He also said that his daughter and son were employed in similar jobs for 15 and six months, respectively, which, as he said, is not illegal, but a “mistake in the verdict”.

Scandal diverted his campaign for the French presidency in 2017 and gave way to Emmanuel Macron’s victory.

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