The public prosecutor demands the dismissal of the Fillon pair in correctional

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Penelope and François Fillon, March 5, 2017.
Penelope and François Fillon, March 5, 2017. Christophe Ena / AP

For François Fillon the prospect of a lawsuit has never been closer. According to information from world, the National Public Prosecutor's Office (PNF) signed Wednesday, January 9, the indictment in which the referral to the criminal judge of the former presidential candidate was recommended, as well as his wife Penelope and his former deputy in the National Assembly, Marc Joulaud. If, in all probability, the judge Serge Tournaire follows the prosecutions of the prosecutor and gives the three leading figures of this history in correctional answer, the Fillon case will find his epilogue in court. The test could be heard before the end of 2019.

In a document of 59 pages of which The world Aurélien Létocart, deputy public prosecutor of the PNF, summarizes nearly two years of research, the outbreak of which led to the fall of François Fillon and, most likely, his defeat in the presidential elections in the spring of 2017. The main allegations of the researchers concern the Fillon couple, who want to be tried by the prosecution for various criminal offenses: misappropriation of public funds, abuse of company property, heavy fraud and complicity in these crimes.

"No tangible element can confirm the reality of Penelope Fillon's activity"

In the heart of the case, triggered by the revelations of Chained duck on January 25, 2017, the recruitment by François Fillon, then by his deputy Marc Joulaud who succeeded him in the Assembly, of the wife of the former prime minister, as an employee. For the PNF this job was fictional. The indictment reminds: Penelope Fillon benefited from two parliamentary assistant contracts with François Fillon, first between 1998 and 2002, then between 2012 and 2013, alternated with a contract of parliamentary assistant with Marc Joulaud from 2002 to 2007, whose object was to"to assist the member in carrying out his duties"… ».

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Now, the financial office observes, " at the end of the information there is no tangible evidence to confirm the reality of Penelope Fillon's activity with François Fillon and Marc Joulaud "The PNF states: No written report, no objective and corresponding testimonies can be revealed, while a real professional activity, spread over more than ten years, is necessarily materialized by concrete traces. The employment contracts seem purely formal and so devitalized that their implementation was not interrupted by annual leave, maternity leave or sick leave, although Penelope Fillon had benefited from a severance pay, severance pay and increase, a vacation allowance and even a seniority premium ".