French ex-PM Fillon given five year sentence in fraud trial | AFP

A Paris court on Monday sentences former French prime minister Francois Fillon to five years in prison, with three suspended, after finding him guilty of orchestrating a fake job for his wife, a scandal that cost him his shot at the presidency in 2017. IMAGES

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French ex-PM Fillon and wife arrive for Paris court’s decision | AFP

François Fillon and his wife Penelope arrive at the courtroom of the Paris court. The judge must rule whether he will make his judgment or reopen the trial to shed light on possible “pressure” during the investigation into his wife’s suspected fictitious employment, following a request from the former Prime Minister’s lawyers. IMAGES

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French court delays fraud trial for ex-premier Fillon | AFP

French former prime minister Francois Fillon and his wife Penelope made a brief appearance in court today over claims they embezzled over one million euros in an alleged fake-jobs fraud. The couple made no statement as they entered the Paris courthouse under police escort, as dozens of lawyers massed outside in the latest protest over plans to merge their pension scheme into a single system. The eagerly-awaited trial of the former presidential hopeful and his wife had been due to start today but the court granted their request to delay until Wednesday in solidarity with the lawyers’ strike. IMAGES

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$50k to meet Putin: French media slam Fillon for allegedly receiving money from Lebanese tycoon

French presidential candidate Francois Fillon was reportedly paid 50-thousand dollars for setting up a meeting between a Lebanese billionaire and President Putin in 2015. That’s from a satirical newspaper in France, with the mounting ‘Fake Job’ scandal already denting the former PM’s election hopes. The allegations around Mr Fillon don’t end there. In fact, even the Republican candidate’s wardrobe is under investigation. French prosecutors are considering looking into media reports that he received tailor-made suits as gifts.

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‘Political assassination’: French presidential candidate Fillon summonsed to face charges

French presidential candidate Francois Fillon says he’s received a summons from judicial magistrates on March 15 to face charges. Fillon has been probed over payments made to his wife. He denies all allegations against him.
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#PenelopeGate: Presidential candidate Fillon and spouse questioned in ‘fake job’ probe

A petition calling on the wife of French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon to return €500,000 of “falsely earned” income has gathered 200,000 signatures. The scandal, dubbed ‘Penelopegate’, centers on claims Penelope Fillon improperly received public money.

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Brexit, Trump & now Fillon: Surprise result of French center-right primary

The victory of Francois Fillon, the French presidential hopeful who secured a convincing win in the first round of the center-right primary despite trailing in polls, took many by surprise. But some say his success is simply a French version of the ‘Trump effect’.

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