The Paris Criminal Court on Monday sentenced former ex-Prime Minister François Fillon to five years in prison, two of which were effective, and his wife Penelope to three years in prison. The couple appeals.
Earlier in the day, the couple had been found guilty of fictional employment. Fillon has fictionally employed his wife and children as a parliamentary assistant and paid them generously.
The couple also has to repay the lower house of the French parliament more than a million euros.
Antonin Levy, the couple’s lawyer, has already announced that they will appeal the ruling. According to him, the verdict is unfair and the result of a plot against Fillon and his wife.
François Fillon was Prime Minister of his country from 2007 to 2012, under President Nicolas Sarkozy. In 2017 he made a bid for the presidency himself, and was then considered as a favorite. But after the scandal of the fraud leaked, Fillon was able to cross over his ambitions: he was killed in the first round. Shortly afterwards he took goodbye of politics.