François Fillon faces fresh allegations over misuse of public funds

Rightwing French presidential candidate alleged to have ‘siphoned off’ €25,000 from public funds while member of senate

The rightwing French presidential candidate François Fillon is facing fresh questions over alleged misuse of public funds, in the wake of claims that his wife was paid €500,000 over eight years for a fake job as a parliamentary assistant.

The French investigative website Mediapart and the Journal du Dimanche claimed that between 2005 and 2007 Fillon had pocketed money from a kitty of funds earmarked for paying assistants in the French senate.

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