French ex-PM Fillon, wife guilty of fraud
Former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon was found guilty Monday in a fraud case of having used public funds to pay his wife and children more than €1 million ($1.13 million) since 1998 for work they never performed.
The couple’s lawyers immediately appealed Monday’s verdict from the Paris court.
Fillon, 66, was sentenced to 5 years in prison, three of which were suspended, and a €375,000 (more than $423,000) fine. He is also banned from seeking elected office for 10 years. He remains free pending appeal.
His 64-year-old wife, Penelope Fillon, was found guilty as an accomplice. She was given a 3-year suspended sentence and fined the same amount.