Igor KOZLOV, “the FACTS”
A court in Paris has sentenced a prominent French politician, former Prime Minister and former presidential candidate françois Fillon to five years of imprisonment. Three of them are defined as conditional. Madame Fillon got a lighter sentence — three years probation. Each spouse must pay a fine of 375 thousand euros.
Francois and Penelope were found guilty in a major case of embezzlement of public funds. It was opened by the Prosecutor’s office in 2017, in the midst of the presidential race. Fillon was considered her favorite. He ran from the party “the Republicans”.
In March 2017 the publication Canard Enchaine published a scandalous article in which it was alleged that Franus Fillon, a member of the French Parliament, was hired as a personal assistant to his wife Penelope. That’s just in the Parliament building, Madame Fillon never appeared. She even passes was not!
Penelope and Francois Fillon
The investigation revealed that Penelope received from the budget due to fictitious documents on allegedly done work 831 thousand euros. Moreover, “worked” for father also son and daughter. They received a total of more than 80 thousand Euro from the budget. According to Fillon, they provided him with legal services. However, as it turned out, at that time, neither Marie Fillon, nor her brother Charles did not have licenses for the right to engage in legal activities.
Francois Fillon denied, and then, in 2017, and now. He said that his lawyers will appeal. Three years ago this business has fallen off its rating, and the former Prime Minister could not pass the second round, behind the Emmanuel Macron and marine Le Pen. And today he risks to spend the next couple of years in jail.