French presidential favourite paid wife from parliamentary funds


Former prime minister and now conservative presidential election candidate François Fillon is under increasing pressure to prove that his British-born wife Penelope did actually complete work as a parliamentary assistant to him for which, reported weekly Le Canard Enchaîné, she was paid a total of 500,000 euros from parliamentary funds.

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French presidential frontrunner Francois Fillon criticised a campaign of "mudslinging" Wednesday as he came under pressure over allegations he employed his wife as a parliamentary aide for more than a decade, reports FRANCE 24.