French Court Sentences Former PM Fillion, Wife To Jail

 A French court has sentenced former French prime minister, François Fillon and his Welsh wife, Penelope, to jail for embezzling public funds.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Francois was found guilty of creating a fake job for his wife, using taxpayer money.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The 66- year-old was accused of creating a position that paid his wife over €1 million ($1.13 million) in public funds, a charge that cost him his 2017 presidential bid. His wife, Penelope, was also found guilty of being complicit in the case.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

He was additionally accused of getting the millionaire owner of a literary magazine to pay his wife €135,000 for “consulting work.”

Mr Fillon was sentenced to five years in prison, three of which were suspended, as well as a €375,000 fine. Fillon was also banned from running for elected office for 10 years.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

His wife was handed a three year suspended sentence and fined the same amount.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Mrs Fillon was found guilty of having a “fake” job at a French-language monthly literary, cultural, and political affairs magazine, Revue des Deux Mondes, run by one of her husband’s friends.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The court said Mrs Fillon, 64, was paid “the maximum possible” and that the sums were “out of proportion to her activities”.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

“Nothing could have justified the remuneration she received,” said Nathalie Gavarino, the leading judge.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The couple, who have five children, were additionally convicted of employing their two eldest, Marie and Charles, between 2005 and 2007, paying them a combined €117,000.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

A third accused, Marc Jouland, who took over Fillon’s constituency as MP in the Assemblée Nationale while he was prime minister was given a three-year suspended sentence and fined €20,000.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

François Fillon previously served as prime minister in Nicolas Sarkozy’s centre-right government between 2007 and 2012.

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