15 February 2017

Fillon’s wife received €45,000 in severance payments: report

The cash is in addition to the thousands of euros that Mrs. Fillon had already received.
By SAIM SAEED 2/7/17, 6:12 PM CET Updated 2/8/17, 9:37 AM CET

French presidential candidate François Fillon’s wife Penelope received a €45,000 severance package from the French parliament, a French newspaper reported Tuesday.

The report came a day after Fillon apologized to the public for having employed members of his family while still a member of parliament, a scandal that has derailed his campaign.

Le Canard Enchaîné, the newspaper that broke the story about Fillon’s family, reported that Penelope received €16,000 in 2002, “the equivalent of five months’ salary,” and another €29,000 in 2013, after her last contract ended.

The sum is in addition to the thousands of euros that she earned as a parliamentary aide to her husband.