Former French Prime Minister, Francois Fillon, was sentenced to five years in prison, three of them suspended. He was found guilty in Court of creating a phantom jobs for his wife that earned her over €830,000. His wife was given a three years suspended prison sentence.
Fillon was also found guilty of being an accomplice in hiding public funds. They were also find €375,000 each.
The couple appealed the sentence, with defence lawyers insisting that the battle is not yet lost, hoping for a just process.
Fillon become the most senior politician in France even to be imprisoned. The scandal also led Fillon to withdraw from the presidential race three years ago although he was a favourite to become President.