PARIS (HRNW) – A French court on Monday sentenced former Prime Minister Francois Fillon to five years in jail, three of them suspended, for embezzling public funds in a scandal that wrecked his 2017 run for president.
The court also found Fillon s wife, Penelope, guilty for her role in the scam that saw her receive about 1 million euros for minimal work as her husband s parliamentary assistant. She received a suspended three-year sentence.
In a scathing ruling, the chief judge said Fillon, 66, had eroded public trust in the political class as a result of paying his wife a salary that was disproportionate to the work done.
“Mrs. Fillon was hired for a position that was without use,” chief judge Nathalie Gavarino told the couple.