Former French Prime Minister François Fillon and his British wife Penelope received prison sentences on Monday after being found guilty of embezzlement in a fake job scandal that wrecked his presidential bid.
Mrs Fillon was paid nearly £1 million of public money over 15 years for a purported job as her husband’s parliamentary aide. But the Paris Correctional Court found that she had not performed the duties associated with such a role.
In an unprecedented fall from grace, Mr Fillon, 65, once the frontrunner to become president, was given a five-year sentence, with three years suspended. His 64-year-old wife received a three-year suspended sentence.
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