Former French prime minister Francois Fillon jailed for using public cash to pay Brit wife £1m for work she never did

AN ex-prime minister of France got a prison term yesterday for using public funds to pay his British wife £1million for work she never did.

Francois Fillon, 65, claimed Penelope was his parliamentary assistant for 15 years, despite her never visiting the Paris National Assembly.

The scandal ruined his 2017 bid to be president.

Independent Emmanuel Macron won the vote and became the head of state.

Fillon, PM from 2007 to 2012, was jailed for five years, three suspended. His wife, 64, got a three-year suspended term.

Both denied fraud and have appealed, blocking Fillon’s detention.

Mrs Fillon, who is from Llanover, South Wales, met her husband while working as a teaching assistant in Le Mans.

The 63-year-old served as Prime Minister under vanquished Sarkozy for five years between May 2007 and 2012, when the Socialists came to power.

He is widely perceived as an Anglophile; he is supportive of close ties with the UK and has said he follows in the political tradition of British conservative heroes like Margaret Thatcher.

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