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Preliminary charges for wife of Fillon over 'fake job' scandal

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Mr Fillon, once the election’s front-runner, has called the investigation a smear campaign to torpedo his candidacy. Photo: GETTY

Mr Fillon, once the election’s front-runner, has called the investigation a smear campaign to torpedo his candidacy. Photo: GETTY

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Mr Fillon, once the election’s front-runner, has called the investigation a smear campaign to torpedo his candidacy. Photo: GETTY

The wife of French presidential candidate Francois Fillon has been handed preliminary charges over parliamentary jobs investigators suspect she never performed.

Mr Fillon himself had already been charged in the case, which has deeply damaged the conservative candidate's chances for the two-round election on April 23 and May 7. The Fillons deny wrongdoing.

Mr Fillon, once the election's front-runner, has called the investigation a smear campaign to torpedo his candidacy.

Financial prosecutors are investigating allegations that Mr Fillon gave wife Penelope and two of their children taxpayer-funded jobs as his aides that were said to be fictitious. His family members were paid more than a million euro over a number of years for the positions.

Irish Independent