We were told to tighten our belts and make financial sacrifices.
Because of debt and overspending, he would slash 500,000 public servant jobs.
He would cut all forms of benefits and increase working time.
And all the while, from 1988 onwards, François Fillon had been helping himself to the public purse to pay his wife and children (close to one million euros)…for fictitious jobs.
Above is the front cover of yesterday’s Charlie Hebdo magazine. The text is “Win 500,000 euros for doing nothing…with the mask of Penelope Fillon.” It’s cruel, but not as cruel as Fillon’s contempt towards honest working people (like me) and to the French electorate in general.
OFF WITH HIS HEAD! Where’s a guillotine when you need one?? There must be one stashed away somewhere (the last execution by guillotine in France was as recent as 1977.)
His political slogan is “The courage of truth.” He has shown neither.
Penelope Fillon allegedly received €831,000 from 1988 to 1990, from 1998 to 2007 and in 2013 as parliamentary assistant to her husband. But there’s no trace of her work or even her presence. Their two children, Marie and Charles, were also paid €84,000 as assistants while he was senator in 2005 and 2007.
Journalists are calling this the Marie-Antoinette syndrome. Here’s a 2007 photo of Monsieur, Madame and Fifi at their château. Notice the jeans, as if to say – We’re just ordinary, casual folk.