François Fillon: Former French Prime Minister sentenced to five years in prison

The decision concluded that Fillon paid his wife and children and 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 suspended, and 375,000 euros ($ 423,000) fined and a ten-year election ban.

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His wife, Penelope, was sentenced to three years in prison and fined 375,000 euros.

The phyllons and their defendants were also ordered to repay the French National Assembly from one million euros ($ 1.13 million).

“This decision … is unfair and we will appeal,” said Fillon’s lawyer Antonin Lévy. BFM-TV. “There will be a new hearing. In the last few days, we have started to understand the ridiculous conditions under which this investigation was launched.”

Scandal comes out

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

Problems started French satire newspaper in 2017 Le Canard Enchainé He reported that his wife and two adult children earned nearly 1m euros as alleged parliamentary assistants for alleged counterfeiting.

He denied the allegations, saying that at that time he was working as his wife’s assistant for 15 years and took on various roles, including managing his program and representing him at cultural events. He also said that his daughter and son worked in similar positions for 15 months and six months, respectively, this was not illegal, but a “judicial error.”

Scandal derailed his campaign For the French presidency, it led to Emmanuel Macron’s victory in 2017.

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