François Fillon has been placed under status of witness assisted to “scam aggravated” in the case of ‘ghost’ employees in July 2017. — LODI Franck/SIPA
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Indicted on march 14, including “misappropriation of public funds” and ” complicity and concealment of abuse well social “, the ex-candidate of the right in the presidential election was received in late July by the judges to be heard for the first time on the merits of the case. On this occasion, “he was summoned for a possible new indictment for fraud on the rise, but it was finally placed under the more favourable position of witness to be assisted for the leader,” confirmed his lawyer Antonin Levy.
The status of witness assisted is intermediate between that of simple witness and being examined. The case, revealed at the end of January, had poisoned the electoral campaign of the former Prime minister, the favorite of the presidential race until his defeat in the first round. At the heart of the record, the suspicion of job dummy of his wife Penelope and his children to the Parliament. The investigations also focus on the wages from may 2012 to December 2013 by his wife for a job in a literary journal, the ” Revue des deux mondes “, owned by a businessman close to French prime minister François Fillon, Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière.
To date, four people are put in examination : mr and mrs Fillon, Marc Joulaud (former deputy François Fillon at the national Assembly), and Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière. The couple’s two children Fillon have been placed under the status of witness assisted. Now retired from the political life, the former Prime minister, 63 years old, joined the beginning of September, as a partner,the asset management company and investment Tikehau Capital.