France: Former French PM’s corruption trial postponed over lawyer protest

The trial of former French prime minister François Fillon and his Welsh-born wife Penelope on corruption charges was postponed on Monday “out of sympathy” with lawyers who are protesting against threats to their special pension fund.

The trial will resume on Wednesday afternoon.

The courtroom fell silent on Monday as the Fillons entered 20 minutes early for the first day of the trial at the Paris criminal court, dressed identically in dark suits. The couple sat down together, with blank faces.

A few minutes later, they were joined by the third defendant, Marc Joulaud, who replaced Mr Fillon as representative for the Sarthe department from 2002 until 2007.

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