French Presidential Candidate Charged With Embezzlement

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French presidential candidate François Fillon has been charged with embezzlement after officials accused him of providing taxpayer paid, no-show jobs to his wife and children. He has denied the accusations and vowed to continue his campaign.

Fillon first came under scrutiny in January after a news report alleged he paid his wife millions of euros, mostly from parliamentary funds, after Fillon hired her as a parliamentary assistant. She was later an assistant to her husband’s deputy, Marc Joulaud. Mrs. Fillon was also allegedly paid 5,000 euros a month over a year and a half by a wealthy friend of Mr. Fillon’s.

Tens of thousands of euros were also reportedly paid to Mr. Fillon’s children, much of which was later transferred to their parents’ joint bank account.

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