French presidential candidate to face trial over fake jobs scandal
At one stage the clear favorite to win the Elysee Palace keys, Fillon’s campaign was plunged into crisis when a satirical weekly reported Penelope had been paid hundreds of thousands of euros for doing little work, including several years as his parliamentary assistant.
Fillon, 65, also paid two of their children for work as lawyers when he was a senator between 2005 and 2007.
Fillon’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
At the time, Fillon denounced what he called a dirty tricks campaign and denied having done anything illegal, though he admitted an error of judgment.
A consummate political insider and former prime minister during Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidency, Fillon resisted pressure from inside his party to pull out of the race and was eliminated in the first round of the election.https://nnn.ng/french-presidential-candidate-to-face-trial-over-fake-jobs-scandal/