France: Court upholds one-year sentence for Fillon in “fake jobs” scandal

Source: France 24 [French state media]

“A French appeals court on Monday upheld but shortened the prison sentence a lower court inflicted on former conservative prime minister Francois Fillon for embezzling public funds in a scandal that derailed his 2017 run for president. Revelations about the probe torpedoed conservative Fillon’s 2017 presidential campaign, leaving the way clear for centrist Emmanuel Macron, who was re-elected to a second term last month. The 68-year-old was convicted by a lower court in 2020 and sentenced to five years in jail, three of them suspended. The sentenced was reduced on Monday to four years with three years suspended. The court also barred Fillon from holding public office for 10 years. Fillon still has a chance to appeal the sentence.” (05/09/22)