Former French PM Fillon and wife to appeal court sentence

Former French prime minister Francois Fillon and his wife Penelope, wearing protective face masks, leave following the verdict in their trial over a fake jobs scandal at the courthouse in Paris, France, June 29, 2020. — Reuters pic
Former French prime minister Francois Fillon and his wife Penelope, wearing protective face masks, leave following the verdict in their trial over a fake jobs scandal at the courthouse in Paris, France, June 29, 2020. — Reuters pic

PARIS, June 29 — Former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon and his wife Penelope will appeal a French court decision finding them guilty of embezzlement of public funds, their lawyer Antonin Levy said today shortly after the sentence was pronounced.

Levy said the sentence was unfair, that there was a conspiracy against the couple and promised there would be a new trial.

Fillon was sentenced to five years in jail, with three of them suspended, and fined €375,000 for embezzling public funds. The court handed Penelope Fillon a three-year suspended sentence and fined her the same amount. — Reuters

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