Fillon's wife charged in fund abuse scandal

  • Fillon's wife charged in fund abuse scandal

Fillon's wife charged in fund abuse scandal

Penelope Fillon, the wife of French presidential candidate and former prime minister Francois Fillon, has been placed under formal investigation for her role in a fake jobs scandal.

She faces charges of complicity, concealment and embezzlement of public funds, misuse of public funds, and concealment of aggravated fraud.

Fillon was placed under investigation two weeks ago but has refused to end his bid for the presidency even though polls show him running third behind far-right National Front President Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron ahead of the April 23 ballotting. Type "JOIN" and send to 9910181818.

Fillon and his 61-year-old wife, a solicitor's daughter from Llanover near Abergavenny in Wales, have denied any wrongdoing.

They are also looking into a contract that allowed Penelope Fillon to earn 100,000 euros ($108,000) as a consultant for a literary magazine, La Revue des Deux Mondes.

Financial prosecutors are investigating allegations that Fillon gave his wife and two of their children taxpayer-funded jobs as his parliamentary aides that were allegedly fictitious.

The scandal erupted in January when the satirical newspaper Le Canard Enchaine revealed Fillon had paid his wife and two children for a decade.

But Mr Fillon has repeatedly claimed that he is the victim of a "political assassination". Polls predict that Macron will defeat Le Pen in the final round of the election on 7 May.

Penelope had been charged with "unusual speed", the lawyer said.

Francois Fillon, a staunch Catholic who had campaigned as a man of integrity, has also been charged for failing to declare a 2013 interest-free loan of €50,000 from Ladreit to a state transparency watchdog.