June 29, 2020 / 12:48 PM / 5 days ago

French court sends former PM Fillon to jail over fake jobs scandal

PARIS (Reuters) - Former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon was sentenced on Monday to five years in jail, with three of them suspended, and fined 375,000 euros for embezzling public funds in a fake jobs scandal involving his wife.

The court also barred Fillon from standing in any election for the next decade.

The court handed Fillon’s wife, Penelope, a three-year suspended sentence and fined her the same amount.

Reporting by Tangi Salaaun; Editing by Richard Lough and Alex Richardson

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