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French ex-PM Fillon and wife guilty in `fake jobs` scandal
Image copyright Reuters Image caption The couple wore anti-virus masks in court on Monday

Ex-French Prime Minister François Fillon and his Welsh wife Penelope have been found guilty over a "fake jobs" scandal.

He was accused of paying his wife hundreds of thousands of euros for work she allegedly never did when employed as his assistant.

The scandal torpedoed Fillon`s 2017 bid to become president, paving the way for Emmanuel Macron to win the election.

The centre-right candidate`s ratings plunged after the allegations.

The sentence is expected shortly.

"The payment was disproportionate to the work done," the chief judge said. "Mrs Fillon was hired for a position that was without use."

She was also found guilty of complicity to embezzle and conceal public funds.