The Fillon couple returns to court from Monday for the appeal trial

Justice is looking once again, from this Monday, on the case of François Fillon. The former Prime Minister, his wife and his ex-deputy are on appeal in the case of the suspicion of fictitious jobs of Penelope Fillon which plagued the race for the Elysee Palace in 2017.

This second trial is held almost a year and a half after the conviction of the former tenant of Matignon for embezzlement of public funds in particular, to five years of imprisonment, two of which is closed, a fine of 375,000 euros and ten years of ineligibility. . He immediately appealed. The three defendants are expected at the Paris courthouse at 1:30 p.m., for a first day devoted to procedural matters.

A “discreet” work

In the midst of the debate for the nomination at Les Républicains, the Court of Appeal examines until November 30 a file synonymous with spectacular political shipwreck during the last presidential campaign. The chained Duck unveiled the “Penelopegate” on January 24, 2017, leading to the opening of an investigation. The revelations had followed one another and the candidate of the right, champion of integrity and favorite in the polls, had been examined six weeks before the first round.

Now 67 years old and retired, François Fillon will have to explain his wife’s employment as parliamentary assistant between 1998 and 2013, within the framework of three contracts signed by him and by the one who was then his deputy in the Sarthe, Marc Joulaud. Services remunerated 613,000 euros net (more than one million euros gross) “fictitious or overvalued” according to the prosecution, which considers that the activities of Penelope Fillon fell under the “social role” of a “spouse of a politician », But not of a collaborator. The work of Penelope Fillon was certainly “discreet”, mostly oral, but “essential”, has always claimed her husband.

The couple is also on trial for the employment of their two children as parliamentary assistants to their father senator between 2005 and 2007 (100,000 euros gross) as well as for the lucrative contract of Penelope Fillon as “literary advisor” in 2012 and 2013 to the Review of two worlds, owned by Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière – 135,000 euros gross. Finally, the former Prime Minister is also being prosecuted for having failed to declare a loan from Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière to the tune of 50,000 euros to the High Authority for the Transparency of Public Life (HATVP) – he was released at first instance.

More than a million euros for the National Assembly

At first instance, Penelope Fillon was sentenced to three years in prison, a fine of 375,000 euros and two years of ineligibility. Marc Joulaud received a three-year suspended prison sentence, a 20,000 euros suspended fine and five years of ineligibility. Both also appealed. The National Assembly, civil party, had obtained more than one million euros in damages.

Source: 20Minutes – Une by

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