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March 14, 2017

François Fillon under formal investigation for ‘fake jobs offences’

Decision over allegations of misuse of public funds increases pressure on campaign of French presidential candidate

The rightwing French presidential candidate François Fillon has been placed under formal investigation for misuse of public funds.

Fillon is alleged to have given his wife and children generous fake jobs funded by the taxpayer as parliamentary assistants.

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March 3, 2017

Fillon faces growing pressure to step down as backers quit campaign

MPs and senators desert scandal-hit presidential candidate, warning he risks driving the French right ‘into the abyss’

The scandal-hit French presidential candidate François Fillon is under growing pressure to step down as dozens of MPs and senators quit his campaign, warning that he is leading the French right into certain electoral disaster.

Thierry Solère, an MP and Fillon’s one-time loyal chief campaign spokesman, on Friday became the latest of at least 100 elected politicians to walk out, fleeing what concerned party supporters [...]

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March 2, 2017

French presidential election: Emmanuel Macron vows to clean up politics

Launching his manifesto, independent centrist’s vow to return ‘morals’ to politics is seen as swipe at his rightwing opponents

Emmanuel Macron, the independent centrist running for French president, has promised new laws to clean up the murky morals of French politics, in a dig at his scandal-hit, rightwing opponent François Fillon.

Macron, the [...]

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March 1, 2017

François Fillon vows to fight on despite formal inquiry into ‘fake jobs’

French presidential candidate faces formal investigation over claims he paid family members for fake parliamentary jobs

French presidential candidate François Fillon has vowed to carry on campaigning despite being summoned by judges to face accusations of giving fake jobs to his wife and children.

Just weeks after he pledged to stand down if formally put under investigation, the beleaguered conservative candidate made what many saw as his last, determined stand on Wednesday.

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