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Prosecutors call for François Fillon case to go to trial

Politico, Jan 13

Prosecutors on Friday called for the case against former prime minister and presidential candidate François Fillon to go to trial.

The deputy prosecutor of the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF), Aurélien Létocart, unveiled a document which he said summarises “almost two years' worth” of legal investigations into the financial affairs of Fillon and his wife Penelope, Le Monde reported.

Embezzlement and misuse of corporate assets are among the charges against the couple.

The case against Fillon was triggered in January 2017 when satirical newspaper Le Canard Enchaîné said both Fillon and his deputy Marc Joulaud had employed the former’s wife in "fictional" roles.

“Penelope received two contracts as François’ parliamentary assistant, first between 1998 and 2002 and then from 2012 to 2013. This was interposed by a brief time acting as Marc Joulaud’s parliamentary co-worker from 2005 to 2007, where she was hired to 'assist the deputy in exercising his functions,'” the public prosecution department said.

The PNF said “no written record of legitimate professional activity over a period spanning more than 10 years could be found."

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