Former French Prime Minister to Stand Trial for Misuse of Public Funds

French judges ordered former Prime Minister François Fillon to stand trial on charges of misusing public funds, in a case that torpedoed his 2017 bid for the presidency and cleared the way for the election of Emmanuel Macron. France’s financial crimes court charged Mr. Fillon with misappropriating public funds by employing his wife and two of his children as aides while he served in parliament, a person familiar with the matter said Tuesday. They also charged Mr. Fillon with misappropriating corporate assets by lining up a separate publishing job for his wife, and with violating disclosure rules for lawmakers, the person said. His wife, Penelope Fillon, was also ordered to stand trial for allegedly receiving the misused public funds, the person added. Read more