French ex-PM found guilty over wife’s ‘fake job’

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Published on June 29, 2020 by

French ex-Prime Minister François Fillon and his Welsh wife have received jail sentences in a “fake jobs” case.

The conservative politician was found guilty of paying Penelope Fillon €1.156m (£1.06m, $1.3m) for work she never did as a parliamentary aide.

He was sentenced to five years in prison, three of them suspended. She was given a three-year suspended term.

The scandal ruined his presidential bid in 2017. Both have appealed, blocking Fillon’s immediate detention.

The 66-year-old is the most senior French political figure to receive a custodial sentence since the start of the Fifth Republic in 1958.

Coronavirus masks obscured the couple’s expressions as the verdicts were read out.

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