Fillon's 'fake work' probe looks set to foil Elysee bid

Fillon's 'fake work' probe looks set to foil Elysee bid
By Christopher Cummins with Agencies
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Fillion's Elysee bid in tatters as fake work probe continues


The presidential campaign of former French Prime Minister, François Fillon, is in tatters after France’s financial prosecutor said a probe into fake work allegations remains open.

Francois Fillon apologises for 'mistake' ^SkyNews

— …david jones (@_dpaj) February 6, 2017

The scandal over hundreds of thousands of taxpayers’ money paid to his wife for work she may or may not have done has cost Fillon his shot at the Elysee Palace.

Prosecutor Éliane Houlette said: “It is my duty to affirm that the numerous elements collected by investigators do not, at this stage, permit the case to be dropped.”

Qui est Eliane Houlette, la procureure qui tient le destin de François Fillon…

— (@1001portails) February 7, 2017

The case can now go in one of three directions: thrown out, probed further by an investigating magistrate or sent straight to trial.

The first round of the election takes place on April 23 and far-right Front National leader, Marine Le Pen, leads in the polls and looks likely to win.

Centrist Emmanuel Macron is set to benefit from Fillon’s fall from grace.

The vote goes to a second round on May 7 in a run-off between the two leading candidates from the first round.

Opinion polls show Le Pen would come second by a large margin during that concluding ballot.

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