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Good News As Court Jails Another Top Politician

LuqmanPro 06/29/2020

Following the allegations of fraud leveled against the former French prime minister, Francois Fillion, and his wife, a court of competent jurisdiction has found the duo guilty of the €1m fraud. Consequently, the duo will be jailed for engaging in the misuse of public funds as well as fraudulent practices. This is spot on. No doubt, it would serve as a deterrence for other corrupt leaders across the world.

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However, the prosecutors request a five-year sentence for the former leader, stressing that the financial scandal was unprecedented in the annals of the French political system. It was gathered that he used the fund to pay his wife and children for the work they never performed. This is outright callousness and greediness. In the same vein, his wife, Penelope Fillon, was also charged and convicted of being an accomplice. 

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The court hearing was heard today, Monday. Although the court is yet to impose a specific jail term on the duo it is believed that this will be made in the shortest time possible. Taking a cursory look at the scenario, it was uncovered that the family had received close to €1m (£920,000) for some imaginary works that never existed since 1998. It would be recalled that the trial of the couple started in 2017 when he was intending to vie for the seat of the president. This had a severe impact on his candidacy during the period and eventually came third in the contentious race that saw Emmanuel Macron emerged as the President of the country.

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It is important to note that Fillion was the prime minister of the country between 2007 and 2012. While both of them denied the allegations leveled against them and would likely appeal, there were many pointers to the fact that he was guilty of the allegations.

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Reacting to the allegations, Penelope Fillon maintained that she did the work upon which she was paid for. She said the work allowed her to have a flexible schedule and raise their five children in the Fillon's' countryside manor. The couple maintains that they did not misuse public funds, but was paid for the services that were rendered. Penelope Fillon further explained that she managed to assist her husband in the fulfillment of his career when he was first elected as a French lawmaker in 1981 in the small town of Sable-sur-Sarthe, in rural western France.

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She maintains that she was offered a number of contracts as a parliamentary assistant over the following years and those contracts were dutifully and diligently carried out. Adding that the implementation of those contracts led to the exponential rise and growth in the career of her husband.

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It is important to note that France's National Assembly has joined the league of plaintiffs, requesting that a total penalty of close to €1m which was paid as salaries and payroll charges should be recovered from the former prime minister. The 27-year-old Fillion was regarded as the youngest Prime Minister in the history of France. He was a PM at the age of 27 under the administration of President Nicolas Sarkozy from 2007 to 2012.

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