Ex-French Prime Minister François Fillon and wife Penelope

Ex-French Prime Minister François Fillon and his wife Penelope, have been found guilty of a fake jobs scandal.

François Fillon was accused of paying his wife hundreds of thousands of Euros for work she allegedly never did when employed as his assistant.

The scandal had dashed Fillon’s hope of becoming president in 2017, paving the way for Emmanuel Macron to win the election.

The Centre-Right candidate’s ratings plunged after the allegations.

The Chief Judge noted that the payments were disproportionate to the work done, affirming that Mrs Fillon was hired for a position that was without use.

She was also found guilty of complicity to embezzle and conceal public funds.