Kremlin says report of Fillon fee for Putin meeting is 'fake news'

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A Kremlin spokesman said revelations that French conservative presidential candidate François Fillon received, via his consultency firm, 50,000 dollars to introduce a Lebanese pipeline construction tycoon to Russian President Vladimir Putin 'is what in English we call fake news'.

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A meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin, a Lebanese billionaire and the chief executive of Total has dealt another major blow to the electoral chances of François Fillon after reports emerged that the French Presidential hopeful was paid 50,000 dollars for facilitating the rendezvous, reports CNBC.