French judiciary sentences former prime minister for involvement in ‘Penelope Gate’ scandal

France’s Court of Cassation has categorically confirmed the conviction of former Prime Minister François Fillon in the case of a “fake job” given to his wife, but ordered a review of the penalties imposed on him.

On May 9, 2022, the Court of Appeal sentenced Mr. Fillon (70 years old) to four years in prison (with one year to expire), to pay a fine of 375,000 euros, and to bar him from running for office for 10 years.

A new hearing will be held at the Paris Court of Appeal in the coming months to review the penalties against the former prime minister in light of the new ruling.

France’s Supreme Court of Justice also ruled on the amount of damages and damages that the Court of Appeal awarded to François Fillon’s wife, Penelope Fillon, in exchange for a job as an aide in parliament in 2012 and 2013. It was considered that it was necessary to reconsider. .

The Court of Cassation also granted Penélope Fillon a two-year suspended prison sentence and a fine of 375,000 euros, while Fillon’s MP Marc Holo received a three-year suspended prison sentence.

In January 2017, during Fillon’s presidential campaign, where she was running as a right-wing and center-right candidate, the newspaper Le Canard Enciène reported on what is known as the “Penelope Gate” scandal. Exposed.

On June 29, the court of first instance sentenced him to five years in prison (two years of which are valid), imposed the same fine, and banned him from running for office for 10 years.

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