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François Fillon, French Presidential Hopeful, Faces Inquiry Over Payments to Wife - New York Times

PARIS — France's financial prosecution office opened an embezzlement investigation Wednesday into François Fillon, a leading presidential candidate, following a newspaper report that his wife had been paid around $535,000 in public money for a no-show ...and more »

Likely next French president pays wife €500k: So what? This is France - The Local France

The man favourite to be the next president of France and his British wife were engulfed in scandal on Wednesday, but it's unlikely to change much in a country used to politicians' financial wrongdoings. “Up until now, I have never been involved in the ...and more »

France's Fillon tells Merkel Russia sanctions are pointless - Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - European Union sanctions on Russia are pointless, the frontrunner in France's presidential election Francois Fillon said on Monday in Berlin, warning Russia and the United States under Donald Trump could forge links that exclude the ...and more »

François Fillon faces inquiry over payments to wife from MP funds - The Guardian

François Fillon, pictured at a rally with his wife, Penelope, described the claims in the newspaper article as 'misogynistic'. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters. France's financial prosecutor has opened a preliminary investigation into the possible ...and more »

François Fillon: In Trump era, Europe must spend more on military - POLITICO.eu

The Americans are withdrawing and Europe has to respond, says the candidate for Les Républicains. By Janosch Delcker. 1/23/17, 8:07 PM CET. Updated 2/17/17, 12:08 PM CET. BERLIN — Donald Trump's inauguration speech as U.S. president makes it clear ...and more »

François Fillon faces call to explain payments to wife from MP funds - The Guardian

Penelope Fillon was paid a salary from public funds allocated to François Fillon as an MP for the Sarthe region. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty. The rightwing French presidential candidate François Fillon is under pressure to explain the role ...and more »

British wife of French Presidential hopeful François Fillon 'was secretly paid £500000' - Evening Standard

The British wife of the Republican candidate to be France's president was secretly paid a taxpayer-funded salary while presenting herself as a housewife, it was reported today. François Fillon's Welsh-born wife Penelope said in an interview as recently ...and more »

French prosecutors investigate Francois Fillon over claim he paid his wife half a million euros 'to do nothing' - Telegraph.co.uk

French prosecutors have opened an investigation into François Fillon, the conservative politician tipped to become France's next president. Mr Fillon has found himself at the centre of a political scandal after he was accused of paying his wife half a ...and more »

François Fillon's presidential hopes in turmoil over payments scandal - Irish Times

The campaign of Francois Fillon, the frontrunner in the French presidential campaign, is in danger, after the satirical weekly Canard Enchaîné revealed in its January 25th edition that Penelope Fillon, his Welsh-born wife, was paid €600,000 over eight ...and more »

French presidential candidate Francois Fillon's Brit wife Penelope at centre of financial scandal after she 'earned ... - The Sun

THE British woman who hopes to become France's First Lady this year was tonight at the centre of a financial sleaze scandal. Penelope Fillon, 60, is said to have earned almost half-a-million pounds from working as a parliamentary assistant to her ...and more »