“Her role was limited to simple transmission”, said the president of the court.
At the height of the scandal in January 2017, François Fillon had told the media his wife's salary was “perfectly justified for the indispensable work she did for him.”
After the verdict his lawyer said the court's decision was “unjust” and announced his intention to appeal.
“There will be a new trial, which is necessary given the ludicrous conditions in which the investigation took place and the surprising conditions in which the investigation was carried out,” said Fillon's lawyer Antonin Lévy.
“Penelopegate”, as the case was known, is one of a number of fraud cases against senior politicians opened in recent months and seen by some as a test of whether the French elite can be held accountable.