The defense of former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon will appeal the decision of a court in Paris, which found him guilty in a fictitious employment case and sentenced him to five years in prison, three of which are conditional, politician lawyer Antonin Levy said.
“This decision is unfair. A protest will be made,” Levy told reporters after the court hearing.
He noted that “there will be a new process.”
Earlier, a court in Paris found Fillon guilty of embezzlement of state funds and sentenced to five years in prison, three of which were suspended. Fillon is also sentenced to a fine of 375 thousand euros. Spouse Fillon Penelope found guilty of complicity and concealment of the embezzlement of public funds. She was sentenced to three years of probation and a fine of 375 thousand euros.
During the 2017 presidential campaign, a scandal erupted around Fillon and his entourage. It began with the publication of the publication Canard enchained, which wrote that the ex-prime minister’s wife had been paid for eight years as his fictitious parliamentary assistant. The newspaper also reported that Penelope Fillon for some time received money for work in the magazine Revue des Deux Mondes, but questioned the fact that this work was not fictitious. Ex-head of the magazine Michelle Crepe said that he did not know that Penelope Fillon was commissioned to conduct strategic analysis as part of the work in the magazine.