July 11, 2019 / 12:48 PM / 5 days ago

Former French PM Fillon's trial over fake jobs set for February 24-March 10

FILE PHOTO: Former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon leaves after a national ceremony for late Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris, France, March 28, 2018. Ludovic Marin/Pool via Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - French former Prime Minister Francois Fillon and his wife will stand trial between February 24 and March 10, a Paris court said Thursday, on charges related to a fake jobs scandal that ruined his bid for the 2017 presidency.

A one-time favorite to win the election that Emmanuel Macron went on to triumph in, Fillon’s candidacy nose-dived after revelations his wife Penelope had been paid hundreds of thousands of euros by the taxpayer for doing little or no work as his parliamentary assistant.

Fillon also paid two of their children for work as lawyers when he was a senator between 2005 and 2007.

Fillon, who was President Nicolas Sarkozy’s Prime Minister between 2007 and 2012, was eliminated in the first round of the presidential election in May, 2017.

Reporting by Inti Landauro; Editing by Richard Lough

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