Former French PM Fillon appointed to board of Russian state firm

Former conservative French prime minister François Fillon, whose 2017 presidential bid collapsed amid a 'fake jobs' scandal involving, unjustified employment of his wife and children paid out of public funds, has been appointed to the board of Russia's state oil company Zarubezhneft.

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Former French prime minister François Fillon has been named to the board of Russian state oil company Zarubezhneft, a list published by a website specialising in business information disclosure showed.

Zarubezhneft did not respond Friday to a request for comment on the list posted to the e-disclosure.ru website run by the Interfax news agency, which said Fillon had been on the board since June 28.

Fillon, who ran the French government under President Nicolas Sarkozy between 2007 and 2012, is head of Apteras, a consultancy he set up after an ignominious 2017 presidential bid.

His campaign was capsized by a fake-jobs scandal, for which a court sentenced him in June 2020 to five years in prison, three suspended.

Read more of this AFP report published by FRANCE 24.

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