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Greek orthodox priest shot in Lyon victim of jealous husband

The Greek Orthodox priest shot last week in the French city of Lyon was the victim of a jealous husband rather than an Islamic terrorist, Le Parisien reported on Saturday.

Greek orthodox priest shot in Lyon victim of jealous husband
Police searching outside the church for clues after the shooting. Photo: Jeff Pachoud/AFP
Nikolaos Kakavelakis, 52, was shot twice with a sawn-off shotgun outside his church on 31 October, in what police feared was a copycat attack, coming as it did three days after three people were knifed in a terror attack at a church in Nice.
 
But according to the newspaper, the priest put the police on the trail of his attacker as soon as he came out of a coma on Tuesday, telling them he believed he had been shot by the “jealous husband” of one of his conquests. 
 
 
“The priest is very into sex, and he is very adventurous with the ladies,” a source close to the inquiry told the newspaper. 
 
 
A 40-year Georgian man, who the newspaper named as Giorgi P,  admitted to carrying out the attack after he was seized on Friday. 
 
He insists, however, that he had not wanted to kill Kakavelakis, who was having an affair with his 35-year-old Russian wife, named by the newspaper as Lela K. 
 
The priest had announced that he was resigning from the church a month earlier.
 

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Ex French PM Fillon loses appeal over ‘fake jobs’ scandal

A French appeals court on Monday upheld a conviction against former rightwing prime minister François Fillon for providing a fake parliamentary assistant job to his wife that saw her paid millions of euros in public funds.

Ex French PM Fillon loses appeal over 'fake jobs' scandal

But the court reduced his sentence to four years in prison with three suspended – down from five years with three suspended when he was first found guilty in 2020 over a scandal that derailed Fillon’s presidential ambitions.

His wife Penelope Fillon was given a suspended two-year prison sentence for the embezzlement charge, down from three years suspended, and the court maintained fines of €375,000 for each of them.

They were also ordered to repay €800,000 to the lower-house National Assembly, which reimbursed Penelope for the job as Fillon’s assistant, and which was a civil plaintiff in the case.

Under French sentencing guidelines, it is unlikely that Fillon will spend any time behind bars, and can be ordered instead to wear an ankle-bracelet.

The couple, which insisted during the Paris appeals court trial that Penelope had done genuine constituency work, was not in court for the verdict.

At the November appeals hearing, prosecutors said there was clear evidence that Fillon and his stand-in as MP for the Sarthe department, Marc Joulaud, employed Fillon’s wife Penelope in an “intangible” or “tenuous” role as a parliamentary assistant between 1998 and 2013.

The court upheld the original three-year suspended sentence for Joulaud.

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