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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 »

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 »

French presidential frontrunner Fillon 'paid his British wife €500k as aide' - The Local France

A French newspaper has alleged Welsh-born Penelope Fillon, the wife of François Fillon who is the frontrunner to become the next president of France, was paid half a million euros with funds made available to her husband by the French parliament.and more »

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

Newspaper claims French presidential candidate's British wife was paid €500,000 despite playing no major role in his political life. Angelique Chrisafis in Paris. @achrisafis. Wed 25 Jan 2017 06.01 EST Last modified on Wed 25 Jan 2017 11.19 EST.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 »

Nine things to know about Fillon - 'The French Thatcher' - The Local France

François Fillon is the favourite to win the upcoming presidential election. Here's what you need to know about the open admirer of Margaret Thatcher. He's a big fan of Margaret Thatcher. Openly saying you are an admirer of the former Conservative ...and more »

Fillon 'paid wife €500000 to do nothing' - The Times

The British wife of François Fillon, the frontrunner in France's presidential election, is facing claims that she was paid about €500,000 of taxpayers' money for a fictitious job as a parliamentary assistant. Le Canard Enchaîné, a satirical weekly ...and more »

French presidential hopeful François Fillon faces inquiry over payments to wife from MP funds - The Independent

François Fillon faces a crisis in his campaign for the French presidency with prosecutors having opened an inquiry for misuse of public funds after a report that his wife drew a salary as his assistant but had never actually worked. Mr Fillon, a right ...and more »

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

Presidential frontrunner facing questions after newspaper alleges British wife was paid €500,000 for role it says did not exist. Angelique Chrisafis in Paris. @achrisafis. Wed 25 Jan 2017 12.04 EST Last modified on Tue 28 Nov 2017 01.49 EST. Share on ...and more »

Francois Fillon's wife facing payment investigation - BBC News

A preliminary investigation into claims that the wife of French presidential candidate Francois Fillon received public money improperly has been launched, French prosecutors have said. It comes after Le Canard Enchaine claimed Penelope Fillon earned ...and more »