Prosecutor Investigates Leading French Candidate Fillon for Paying his Wife €500,000 from MP Funds

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mishtalk.com / Mike “Shedlock” / January 25, 2017

Prosecutors in France are investigating the Financial Affairs of François Fillon, the leading candidate in the upcoming French presidential election.

The investigation centers around €500,000 in payments to Penelope Fillon, his wife, over the course of 10 years when François was a member of parliament.

French MPs get €9,561 a month to hire aides. They are permitted to spend half of that allowance to hire family members. The family members are supposed to do some work, but no one can recall Penelope doing anything.

The rightwing French presidential candidate François Fillon is under pressure to explain the role of his British wife in his political operation after a newspaper alleged that she had been paid about €500,000 in eight years out of parliamentary funds.

Hiring family members is legal for French MPs and not against parliamentary rules as long as the person is genuinely employed. But the newspaper claimed it had been unable to track down anyone who had seen evidence of Penelope Fillon’s work.

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