Journalists and judges investigating François Fillon receive death threats


Bullets and threatening letters have been sent to four judges plus journalists at two media organisations, including Mediapart. Of the judges who have been singled out, one is the head of the national financial crimes prosecution unit, and the other three are the judges who have been designated to investigate the 'fake jobs' allegations involving right-wing presidential candidate François Fillon and his wife Penelope. The other media outlet that received a threatening letter and a .22 calibre Long Rifle bullet was Le Canard Enchaîné, the weekly investigative newspaper that first broke the Fillon story. Matthieu Suc reports.

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Mediapart, the weekly investigative newspaper Le Canard Enchaîné and four senior French magistrates have been sent death threats accompanied by a bullet. The letter to Mediapart, like all of them postmarked Marseille, was addressed to the “Mediapart editorial board” and Edwy Plenel, Mediapart's co-founder and editor-in-chief. It read: “Vigilance and Protection do not last for life. ...On that day We'll be there for You or Someone close to you.”