Tuesday, January 18

At the Fillon trial on appeal, the National Assembly again claims a little more than a million euros

Former Prime Minister François Fillon (d) and his wife Penelope Fillon arrive at the Paris courthouse for their appeal trial, November 22, 2021 Thomas COEX

At the appeal of the Fillon couple, the National Assembly demanded Wednesday, as in first instance, the reimbursement of a little more than a million euros if the disputed jobs of parliamentary assistant of Penelope Fillon were judged fictitious.

The only civil party before the Paris Court of Appeal, the Assembly simply intends to request “the recovery of the sums which have been subtracted from its budget” if the Court of Appeal considers that there has indeed been “misappropriation of funds” , summed up his lawyer, Me Yves Claisse.

“The constitution of civil party of the National Assembly is not an act of revenge” but “a technical presence inspired by the protection of public funds”, he insisted.

In case of conviction, the Assembly asked the three defendants to reimburse a total of 1,081,219 euros, said his colleague Ali Derrouiche.

The institution had requested and obtained the same amount during the judgment rendered by the criminal court in June 2020.

It corresponds to the remunerations received by Ms. Fillon between 1998 and 2013 plus employee and employer contributions: 401,230 euros for the period when she had an assistant contract with her husband and 679,989 euros for the one where she worked with François’ former deputy. Fillon became deputy, Marc Joulaud.

The indictment of the national financial prosecutor’s office is expected Monday.


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