Former French Prime Minister, François Fillon has been sentenced to five years in prison – three of which can be served in the community in a trial over his wife’s ‘fake job’.
A French satirical weekly, the Canard Enchainé published an investigation in January 2017 which prompted the judicial case.
The paper alleged Fillon’s wife, Penelope, had been his parliamentary assistant for 15 years, but there was no evidence she did any work.
The former PM will also have to pay a 375,00 Euro-fine after a French court found him guilty of paying his wife and children over 1 million euros in public funds for a “fake job”.
He will be barred from running in elections for 10 years.
His wife Penelope received a three-year suspended sentence, a 375,000 Euro-fine and a two-year election ban.