François Fillon

Court upholds 'fake job' convictions of ex-French PM and British wife

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Former French conservative prime minister François Fillon and his British wife Penelope, who in 2020 were handed five and three years in jail respectively for embezzling public funds in a fake jobs scam in parliament, were on Monday given shorter prison terms by a Paris appeals court.  

Ex-French PM Fillon resigns from board of Russian firms over Ukraine

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He said he could not continue being a member of the boards of Russian state-controlled oil company Zarubezhneft and petrochemical company Sibur.

Former French PM François Fillon in new fraud investigation

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Francois Fillon, 67, who served as French prime minister throughout the 2007-2012 presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy, and who has appealed his conviction last year for fraudulently employing his wife, paid out of public funds, as a parliamentary assistant, is again being investigated for the suspected use of a parliamentary assistant to write a book he published in 2015.

Former French PM Fillon appointed to board of Russian state firm

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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.

Jail sentences for France's ex-PM Fillon and wife in 'fake jobs' case

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Former French conservative prime minister François Fillon was on Monday handed a five-year prison sentence, with three years suspended, and his British wife Penelope was given a three-year suspended jail sentence, after a Paris court found the pair guilty of a scam in which Fillon paid his wife more than 800,000 euros as his parliamentary assistant for work she never did. 

Macron seeks review of fraud case against ex-rival and PM Fillon

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Claims have emerged that prosecutors were pressured to move fast in a fraud inquiry against former prime minister François Fillon, his main right-wing rival in France's 2017 presidential race.

Fillon tells Paris court 'fake jobs' scandal caused ‘irreparable damage'

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The former French prime minister and presdential candidate gave statement during trial in which he is accused of wrongfully putting his wife on the payroll.

Old-style French politics in the dock as ex-PM goes on trial

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Former prime minister François Fillon goes on trial in Paris on suspicion of misappropriating over a million euros in public funds, paid to his Welsh-born wife Penelope for a suspected fake job as a parliamentary assistant between 1998 and 2013.

Former French premier Fillon to face trial over fake jobs

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Judges have said Fillon and his British wife Penelope  should face trial on charges including the misuse of public money and conspiracy.

French prosecutors call for François Fillon case to go to trial

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Prosecutors urge court for ex-presidential candidate and wife Penelope Fillon who face claims of embezzlement and misuse of corporate assets.

Proof that Macron was only candidate to get campaign discounts from events firm

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New documents seen by Mediapart undermine claims that the substantial discounts that events firm GL Events handed to Emmanuel Macron's presidential campaign were simply in line with “normal” business practice. The documents show that neither socialist candidate Benoît Hamon or conservative candidate François Fillon received similar discounts despite renting the same halls during the campaign. Opposition politicians are now raising questions over the cut-price deals offered by GL Events, whose boss Olivier Ginon the president describes as a “friend”. Antton Rouget reports.

Macron v Macron: president's biggest challenge in 2018 comes from himself

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“I did it in 2017....I will do it in 2018”. On Sunday December 31st, President Emmanuel Macron delivered his first New Year goodwill message to the French people. Just 12 months ago no one imagined that he would be the occupant of the Élysée. Even last summer, when he had been elected, no one thought he would be in a strong position. Yet here he is, and his political situation looks robust. But it is a little too early for the new president to get out the bunting just yet. For Hubert Huertas argues that President Macron is about to face his biggest political 'opponent' – himself.

Penelope Fillon: the paper-trail puzzle of 'Lady Discreet'

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Former French prime minister François Fillon’s presidential election campaign nosedived after it was alleged that over several years he fraudulently employed his British-born wife Penelope as his parliamentary assistant for which she earned almost 700,000 euros paid out of public funds. While both Fillon, who was until then the lead candidate in the election, and his wife deny the fake job accusations they are currently placed under investigation in an ongoing judicial probe. The couple insist that if there is little evidence of Penelope Fillon’s presence in parliament it is because she was active in her husband’s constituency. Mediapart has carried out a detailed search through local newspaper archives to find trace of her work, and the result offers little support for their claim. Mathilde Mathieu and Antton Rouget report.

The Russian dolls of the scandal engulfing Macron's minister

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Richard Ferrand, appointed to President Emmanuel Macron’s first government as Minister for Territorial Cohesion, has become engulfed in a controversy over the employment of his son as his parliamentary assistant and alleged favouritism in a 2011 property deal handed to his wife by a mutual insurance company when Ferrand was its managing director. The allegations against Ferrand, a socialist MP who last year became secretary general of Macron’s En March! movement, are a major embarrassment for the new government which is about to introduce legislation aimed at cleaning-up political life. But, Mediapart’s political commentator Hubert Huertas argues here, Ferrand’s political opponents would do well to think twice about their calls for his dismissal.

Le Pen accused of plagiarising Fillon

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Several sections of her speech on Monday appeared to repeat almost word-for-word comments conservative Fillon made on April 15th.