Fillon campaign donations are paid to his own 'private party'


Like many of leading French politicians, François Fillon has his own 'micro' party which is used to develop policy ideas and raise funds. But Mediapart can reveal that the micro party run by Fillon, whose candidacy for the French presidency has been rocked by the so-called “fake jobs” scandal involving his wife Penelope, is discreetly banking donations from members of the public supporting his official electoral campaign. “It's madness!” says one senior figure on the Right. Mathilde Mathieu reports.

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When right-wing supporters make a donation to their now beleaguered candidate François Fillon they doubtless believe they are directly funding his election campaign. There is no reason they would think otherwise for it is on his official candidate's site that they download the donation form and it is to his campaign's Paris headquarters that backers send their cheques. It is only the 'payee' of the cheques, 'AFFR', which might give the suspicious pause for thought. For in reality the money collected on goes directly into the coffers of Fiillon's personal micro party – such mini-parties are commonly used by French politicians for developing ideas and fund raising.