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France's controversial election, from affair rumor to fake job claims - CNN

France's controversial election, from affair rumor to fake job claimsCNN(CNN) A rumor of an affair, a series of fake job scandals and a handful of investigations -- the French presidential election campaign has not lacked for drama. For the three main candidates aiming to replace President Francois Hollande, the road to ...and more »

Marine Le Pen stripped of immunity by MEPs over Isis tweets - The Guardian;

Marine Le Pen stripped of immunity by MEPs over Isis tweets - The Guardian

The GuardianMarine Le Pen stripped of immunity by MEPs over Isis tweetsThe GuardianPresidential election candidate Marine Le Pen had tweeted violent images during a spat with a journalist. Photograph: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP/Getty. Marine Le Pen. Marine Le Pen stripped of immunity by MEPs over Isis tweets. European parliament ...and more »

French election 2017: Why is it important? - BBC News;

French election 2017: Why is it important? - BBC News

BBC NewsFrench election 2017: Why is it important?BBC NewsFrance's voters have rejected the two big political parties that have governed for decades and are now at a crossroads as they choose a president. Will they go for a pro-European liberal who has never before been elected, or a far-right challenger to ...and more »

Fillon faces 'fake job' charges but stays in French campaign for president - PRI;

Fillon faces 'fake job' charges but stays in French campaign for president - PRI

PRIFillon faces 'fake job' charges but stays in French campaign for presidentPRIFrancois Fillon, member of the Republicans party and a 2017 presidential candidatefor the center-right, attends a political rally in Paris with his wife Penelope on Jan. 29, 2017. Credit: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters. French right-wing presidential ...and more »

Francois Fillon refuses to quit French presidential race despite fraud investigation - ABC Online;

Francois Fillon refuses to quit French presidential race despite fraud investigation - ABC Online

ABC OnlineFrancois Fillon refuses to quit French presidential race despite fraud investigationABC OnlineConservative candidate Francois Fillon has refused to quit France's rollercoaster presidential race despite receiving a summons to face charges of getting his wife and children taxpayer-funded jobs in which they allegedly did no work.and more »

Beleaguered Fillon fights for political life - POLITICO.eu;

Beleaguered Fillon fights for political life - POLITICO.eu

POLITICO.euBeleaguered Fillon fights for political lifePOLITICO.euPARIS — François Fillon's campaign was already struggling badly before he scheduled a surprise press conference Wednesday to insist he wouldn't “surrender” to ongoing judicial probes, and would remain in the race. But his attempt to fight back seems ...and more »

François Fillon, Le Pen's Toughest Rival, is Flaming Out - Daily Beast;

François Fillon, Le Pen's Toughest Rival, is Flaming Out - Daily Beast

Daily BeastFrançois Fillon, Le Pen's Toughest Rival, is Flaming OutDaily BeastFar-right anti-immigrant anti-EU pro-Trump candidate Marine Le Pen just moved a step closer to the presidency of France without lifting a finger. Erin Zaleski. 03.01.17 2:27 PM ET. Robert Pratta / Reuters. PARIS—Minutes before center-right French ...and more »

François Fillon needs forgiveness from French conservatives - Spectator.co.uk (blog);

François Fillon needs forgiveness from French conservatives - Spectator.co.uk (blog)

Spectator.co.uk (blog)François Fillon needs forgiveness from French conservativesSpectator.co.uk (blog)'One cannot govern France,' declared François Fillon last November, 'if one is not irreproachable.' A little over three months later, however, and the centre-right candidate for next month's French presidential candidate has had a change of heart.and more »

Francois Fillon suffers more blows in presidential bid - euronews;

Francois Fillon suffers more blows in presidential bid - euronews

euronewsFrancois Fillon suffers more blows in presidential bideuronewsFrancois Fillon has suffered yet more blows in his bid to become the president of France. With an ever-deepening financial scandal looming over him, he has lost the support of a centrist party, and a key member of his campaign team, Bruno Le Maire, ...and more »

France: As support recedes over alleged financial irregularities, Francois Fillon cries foul - Daily News & Analysis;

France: As support recedes over alleged financial irregularities, Francois Fillon cries foul - Daily News & Analysis

Daily News & AnalysisFrance: As support recedes over alleged financial irregularities, Francois Fillon cries foulDaily News & AnalysisConservative Francois Fillon promised on Wednesday to fight "to the end" in France's presidential election despite a deepening financial scandal, but his campaign suffered new blows as a top aide resigned and a party backing him suspended its support.and more »

Rivals blast defiant Fillon as allies pull support - FRANCE 24;

Rivals blast defiant Fillon as allies pull support - FRANCE 24

FRANCE 24Rivals blast defiant Fillon as allies pull supportFRANCE 24French conservative candidate François Fillon's defiance in the face of news he faces a formal investigation in the fake-jobs scandal bedeviling his presidential campaign has seen ripples of reaction across France's political spectrum. In an Elysée ...and more »

Hollande condemns Fillon's attacks on judiciary and police - EurActiv;

Hollande condemns Fillon's attacks on judiciary and police - EurActiv

EurActivHollande condemns Fillon's attacks on judiciary and policeEurActivFrançois Hollande broke his silence on Wednesday (1 March) to criticise François Fillon. [Frederic Legrand - COMEO/Shutterstock]. Comments Print. François Hollande, who has so far avoided commenting on France's presidential campaign, broke his silence ...and more »

Francois Fillon's decision to stay in the race for French president is a political windfall for Marine Le Pen - The Independent;

Francois Fillon's decision to stay in the race for French president is a political windfall for Marine Le Pen - The Independent

The IndependentFrancois Fillon's decision to stay in the race for French president is a political windfall for Marine Le PenThe IndependentMarine Le Pen and France's would-be Trumpiste insurgents could scarcely have wished for a nicer early Easter present. Their most potent opponent, the centre-right Francois Fillon, declared with admirable insouciance that he is to be investigated for ...and more »

François Fillon, French Presidential Candidate, Vows to Run Despite Inquiry - New York Times;

François Fillon, French Presidential Candidate, Vows to Run Despite Inquiry - New York Times

New York TimesFrançois Fillon, French Presidential Candidate, Vows to Run Despite InquiryNew York TimesMr. Fillon, the center-right candidate for the French presidency, vowed to stay in the race even as he faces charges in a widening embezzlement investigation. By REUTERS. Photo by Christian Hartmann/Reuters. PARIS — France's embattled center-right ...and more »

Scandal-hit François Fillon stays in French presidential race, but rivals sense openings - Washington Post;

Scandal-hit François Fillon stays in French presidential race, but rivals sense openings - Washington Post

Washington PostScandal-hit François Fillon stays in French presidential race, but rivals sense openingsWashington PostPARIS — Former French prime minister François Fillon defiantly refused to suspend his scandal-ridden presidential bid Wednesday, highlighting political weaknesses that could boost the campaign of the country's far-right leader. “I will not yield. I ...and more »

François Fillon said he would stay on in the Presidential race and French Twitter went into meltdown - The indy100;

François Fillon said he would stay on in the Presidential race and French Twitter went into meltdown - The indy100

The indy100François Fillon said he would stay on in the Presidential race and French Twitter went into meltdownThe indy100French presidential candidate François Fillon currently faces an inquiry over allegations that he paid his British wife Penelope at least €680,000 (£577,000) for a suspected fake parliamentary assistant job over the course of 15 years. In a press ...and more »

Francois Fillon loses support of UDI party after court summons - Sky News;

Francois Fillon loses support of UDI party after court summons - Sky News

Sky NewsFrancois Fillon loses support of UDI party after court summonsSky NewsThe presidential candidate calls a probe targeting him and his wife "political assassination" and refuses to quit the race. 19:31, UK, Wednesday 01 March 2017. Mr Fillon allegedly paid his wife Penelope 830,000 euros for work she did not do. Image: Mr ...and more »

French presidential candidate Fillon to continue campaign despite wife-job scandal - UPI.com;

French presidential candidate Fillon to continue campaign despite wife-job scandal - UPI.com

UPI.comFrench presidential candidate Fillon to continue campaign despite wife-job scandalUPI.comFrancois Fillon said Wednesday he would continue in the French presidential race, despite the start of an investigation regarding whether he hired his wife for an allegedly non-existent job while he was a member of parliament. File Photo by Yoan ...and more »

Fillon refuses to quit French election despite investigation - BBC News;

Fillon refuses to quit French election despite investigation - BBC News

BBC NewsFillon refuses to quit French election despite investigationBBC NewsFrench centre-right presidential candidate Francois Fillon says a judge is placing him under investigation over a fake job scandal - but has vowed to continue his election campaign. For weeks, Mr Fillon has fought allegations that his wife was paid for ...and more »

Bruno Le Maire quits François Fillon's team - POLITICO.eu;

Bruno Le Maire quits François Fillon's team - POLITICO.eu

POLITICO.euBruno Le Maire quits François Fillon's teamPOLITICO.euBruno Le Maire, a former agriculture minister and senior member of the French conservatives, on Wednesday said he was quitting the election campaign team of François Fillon, who had earlier announced that he was staying in the presidential race. Le ...and more »