Le procès Fillon reporté à mercredi — Grève des avocats

28 Février, 2020, 03:06 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • François Fillon le 5 mars 2019 à Genève

Le procès de l'ancien premier ministre François Fillon et de son épouse Pénélope vient de s'ouvrir à Paris, ils sont accusés de "détournement de fonds publics ", de "complicité et recel " tant du délit précédemment cité que "d'abus de biens sociaux ".

Les époux Fillon ont écouté sans broncher cette déclaration qui a fait rire dans la salle d'audience et qui répondait à la seconde QPC portant sur le délit de détournements de fonds publics.

Penelope Fillon est accusée d'avoir perçue plus d'un million d'euros en échange de ses services d'attachée parlementaire auprès de son mari.

Penelope Fillon, 64 ans, a pris place entre ses deux anciens employeurs, soupçonnés de l'avoir rémunérée pour des prestations fictives d'assistante parlementaire: François Fillon, 65 ans, et son ancien suppléant à l'Assemblée nationale, Marc Joulaud, 52 ans, maire de Sablé-sur-Sarthe (ouest). Des avocats avaient par ailleurs bloqué le tribunal ce lundi matin, pour protester contre la réforme des retraites. Le procès reprendra à 13 h 30 mercredi 26 février, deuxième journée d'audience prévue.

Le candidat de la droite à la présidentielle de 2017 avait quitté la politique sur un échec humiliant au soir du premier tour, après une campagne présidentielle pulvérisée par cette affaire. Reconverti dans la finance, il assure que "les preuves" de la réalité du travail de son épouse "seront apportées durant le procès".

Au cœur du scandale, Pénélope Fillon, soupçonnée d'avoir bénéficié d'emplois fictifs: comme assistante parlementaire auprès de son mari député et de son suppléant.

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L'un des procureurs avait observé que "sous l'Ancien régime", le détournement de fonds publics, l'un des délits reprochés à François Fillon, était puni de "mort par pendaison".

Tous deux affirment qu'elle s'occupait du courrier arrivé au manoir de Beaucé - "des dizaines et des dizaines" de lettres hebdomadaires selon François Fillon, "35-40" d'après son épouse - mais aussi de l'agenda local, de "petites revues de presse", de relire ses discours et d'effectuer des "remontées de terrain". "Un emploi " de pure complaisance, sans contrepartie réelle " selon l'accusation, pour lequel le milliardaire a été condamné pour abus de biens sociaux au terme d'une procédure distincte de " plaider-coupable ".

Les trois prévenus, qui doivent comparaître jusqu'au 11 mars, encourent dix ans d'emprisonnement, de lourdes amendes et des peines d'inéligibilité.

Pour les jobs de Charles et Marie Fillon, ses enfants, employés au Sénat entre 2005 et 2007, il devra répondre de soupçons d'emplois fictifs ou surévalués, pour un total de 117 000 euros.

"La défense considère, pour sa part, que nombre de témoins interrogés ne sont pas pertinents et que les documents fournis ont été trop vite " balayés ". Mais l'accusation considère que les activités de la discrète Mme Fillon dans la Sarthe ne correspondent pas à un réel travail d'assistant parlementaire et s'apparentent davantage au " rôle social joué de manière assez traditionnelle par les conjoints d'hommes ou femmes politiques ". L'Assemblée nationale, partie civile, leur demande plus d'un million d'euros de dommages et intérêts si le tribunal considérait que les emplois sont fictifs.

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