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

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

In the court decision, Philo paid his wife and children, as well as Julio, hundreds of thousands of euros from the public payroll for little or no work.

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

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

The Philos and their teammate also received more than one million euros ($ 1.13 million) in refunds from the French National Assembly.

“This decision … is not fair and we will appeal,” said Antonin Levy, Fillon’s lawyer. BFM-TV“There will be a new trial. In the last few days, we have begun to understand the ridiculous conditions under which this investigation was launched.”

A scandal ensues

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

His problems began in 2017, when a French satirical newspaper Le Canard Enchainé reports that his wife and two of his adult children have earned nearly 1m euros as parliamentary aides for alleged bogus jobs.

He then dismissed the allegations, saying his wife worked for 15 years as his deputy and took on several roles, including managing her schedule and representing him at cultural events. He added that his daughter and son had been employed in similar positions for 15 months and six months, respectively, which he said was not illegal but a “misjudgment”.

The scandal derails his campaign for the French presidency in 2017 and gave way to the victory of Emmanuel Macron.

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