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.

Read more here: express.co.uk


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