The court on Tuesday approved the sentence negotiated by the businessman with the national financial prosecutor. He agreed to be sentenced to eight months suspended sentence and 375,000 euros fine without entering the criminal record.

Twenty small minutes instead of a big media trial. A few journalists in the room instead of a forest of cameras. And a page that turns quickly. The whole thing will have cost eight months of suspended sentence and 375,000 euros fine – without registration to the criminal record – to Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière.

A relatively heavy sentence but avoids the businessman to find himself in a few months on the bench defendants alongside Penelope and Francois Fillon for giving a job of convenience to the wife of the former prime minister, in a magazine he owns.

The tribunal chaired for the occasion by Jean-Michel Hayat, the president of the tribunal de grande instance of Paris, approved this Tuesday, December 11, the appearance on prior acknowledgment of guilt (CRPC), a guilty plea to the French, negotiated by Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière with the National Financial Office (PNF).

Requisitions at the beginning of January on the Fillon affair

The PNF was probably waiting for this approval to take his requisitions in this case that had knocked down the former prime minister, candidate of the right-wing favorite party in the race at the Elysee Palace in 2017, on suspicions of fictitious jobs his Penelope's wife and her children when they were his parliamentary assistants. These could be returned in early January, before the investigating judges decide whether to dismiss François Fillon and his wife before the court, indicted in particular for "embezzlement of public funds" and "complicity and concealment of abuse". social good ".

In the meantime, this CRPC may make their defense difficult. "I feel responsible," said Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière during the public homologation hearing, regretting "not having adequately monitored the work of Penelope Fillon. I do not want to play with the truth: I overpaid Mrs. Fillon "in 2012. The businessman also recognizes benefits"Fictitious" in 2013, for a total of approximately 135,000 euros.

" Advice mission "

In a letter addressed to the prosecutor's office on October 11, 2018, the entrepreneur states that "it is François Fillon who told me about his wife's wish to find a job". Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière will put Pénélope Fillon in touch with the management of the Revue des deux mondes which he owns "for a consulting mission".

The Chained Duck had revealed in January 2017 that Pénélope Fillon had been paid between 1998 and 2007 as parliamentary attaché of her husband and his deputy Marc Joulaud. From May 2012 to December 2013, she also received 5,000 gross euros per month from the Revue des deux Mondes.

Valérie de Senneville

@VdeSenneville





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