The ruling concluded that Fillon paid his wife and children, as well as Joulaud, hundreds of thousands of euros in public salaries for little or no work.
Fillon was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment, three of which were suspended, in addition to a fine of 375,000 euros ($ 423,000) and a ten-year ban on running for election.
His wife, Penelope, was sentenced to three years’ suspended imprisonment and a fine of 375,000 euros.
Fillons and the other two defendants also ordered to pay more than 1 million euros ($ 1.13 million) to the French National Assembly.
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Fillon was Prime Minister under President Nicolas Sarkozy between 2007 and 2012.
He rejected the allegations at the time, saying that his wife had worked for 15 years as his deputy and assumed several roles, including managing his schedule and acting on cultural events. He also said that his daughter and son worked in similar positions for 15 months and six months in a row, which he said were not illegal, but were “a mistake in judgment.”