France: Former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon sentenced to jail for embezzling public funds

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.

The full original article can be found at telegraph.co.uk

(Photo: AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

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