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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Former French PM Francois Fillon leaves court as fake-jobs fraud trial begins | AFP

French former prime minister Francois Fillon and his wife Penelope leave the court in Paris after the first day of their trial for claims they embezzled over one million euros in an alleged fake-jobs fraud. The eagerly-awaited trial of the former presidential hopeful and his wife had been due to start Monday but the court granted their request to delay the opening until Wednesday in solidarity with the lawyers’ strike. (COMPLETES VIDI1PC22Z_EN) IMAGES

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Former French PM Francois Fillon back in court as fake-jobs fraud trial begins | AFP

French former prime minister Francois Fillon and his wife Penelope arrive in court in Paris over claims they embezzled over one million euros in an alleged fake-jobs fraud. The eagerly-awaited trial of the former presidential hopeful and his wife had been due to start Monday but the court granted their request to delay the opening until Wednesday in solidarity with the lawyers’ strike. 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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Former French PM arrives in court with wife Penelope at start of fraud trial | AFP

Former French Prime Minister François Fillon arrives at court in Paris ahead of his trial over claims he embezzled more than a million euros in public funds by creating a fake job for his wife. The ‘Penelopegate’ scandal cost him his shot at the French presidency in 2017. IMAGES

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