Former French Prime Minister François Fillon and his wife Penelope were found guilty Monday in Paris in the case of fictitious job suspicions that had poisoned the presidential campaign of the right-wing candidate in 2017.
The criminal court decided to deliver its judgment in the early afternoon, after having tacitly rejected the requests for reopening of the proceedings presented by the defense to shed light on possible “pressures” during the investigation.
Finally, the former Prime Minister was sentenced to five years in prison, two of which were closed, to 375,000 euros in fines and to a 10-year ineligibility sentence. His wife Penelope was sentenced to 3 years suspended prison, a fine of 375,000 euros and a 2 year ineligibility sentence.
Against Marc Joulaud, the court pronounces a suspended sentence of three years in prison, a suspended suspended fine of 20,000 euros and a 5 year ineligibility sentence.
The three defendants are also ordered to reimburse more than one million euros to the Assembly.
In the wake of the judgment, the Fillon couple appealed against their conviction, announced their lawyers.