France’s ex-PM Fillon gets two-year term in fake job scandal Jun 30, 2020 0 556 12345 PARIS: A Paris court on Monday sentenced French former prime minister Francois Fillon to five years in prison, three suspended, for orchestrating a fake job for his wife in a scandal that cost him his shot at the presidency in 2017.Fillon’s wife Penelope was given a suspended three-year sentence for participating in the scheme that saw her paid over € 1 mn in public funds over a 15-year period.Fillon and his wife were also ordered to pay fines of €375,000 ($423,000) each. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES End of the line for France’s oldest nuclear plant Jun 30, 2020 0 558 WHO says pandemic ‘not even close’ to over as death toll tops 500,000 Jun 30, 2020 0 135 Top Democrats asks US spy chiefs for briefing on Russia bounty reports Jun 30, 2020 0 1804 Duda wins Polish presidential vote, but now faces tough run-off WARSAW: Incumbent President Andrzej Duda won the first round of Poland’s presidential election at the weekend, but will face a tough run-off against Warsaw’s liberal mayor in a deeply polarised country. According to .. Greece launches online virus questionnaire for tourists ATHENS: Tourists travelling to Greece will be required from Wednesday to complete an online questionnaire 48 hours in advance to determine whether they need to be tested for coronavirus. Over the weekend the Greek .. Merkel stresses German-French unity in post-corona EU recovery MESEBERG: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stressed German-French unity in reconstructing the EU economy following a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron near Berlin. “When Germany and France are .. EU countries vote on border reopening ‘safe list’ AFP Brussels EU member states are still struggling to approve a list of “safe countries” from where travellers could visit Europe in July, with the issue now being put to a vote, diplomats said on Monday. EU envoys on Friday .. Shooting at Seattle protest site kills one DPA SEATTLE One person was killed and another was wounded early on Monday morning when they were shot in the protest area known as CHOP, in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighbourhood. Seattle police tweeted that the shooting ..