Navigation
Suscribe
Menu Search Facebook Twitter
Search Close
Menu ALL SECTIONS
  • Capital Coahuila
  • Capital Hidalgo
  • Capital Jalisco
  • Capital Morelos
  • Capital Oaxaca
  • Capital Puebla
  • Capital Quintana Roo
  • Capital Querétaro
  • Capital Veracruz
  • Capital México
  • Capital Michoacán
  • Capital Mujer
  • Reporte Índigo
  • Estadio Deportes
  • The News
  • Efekto
  • Diario DF
  • Capital Edo. de Méx.
  • Green TV
  • Revista Cambio
Radio Capital
Pirata FM
Capital Máxima
Capital FM
Digital
Prensa
Radio
TV
X
Newsletter
Facebook Twitter
X Welcome! Subscribe to our newsletter and receive news, data, statistical and exclusive promotions for subscribers
World

French Judge Takes Over Probe into Fillon"Fake Jobs" Scandal

The inquiry will examine possible misuse of public funds and a lack of full and proper disclosure, according to the prosecutor's statement.

French conservative presidential candidate François Fillon gestures as he speaks during a campaign meeting in Compiegne, north of Paris, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, photo: AP/Michel Euler
By Reuters Whatsapp Twitter Facebook Share
5 months ago

PARIS – French presidential challenger François Fillon will face a full judicial inquiry into allegations he paid family members for fake parliamentary jobs after the country’s financial prosecutor said he was appointing a magistrate to lead a deeper probe.

The escalation is another blow to the conservative candidate whose status as favorite to win the presidency has faded since the “Penelopegate” affair — named after Fillon’s wife — first surfaced a month ago. But it may not stop him from standing in April-May vote.

By involving a magistrate in what had so far been a preliminary probe led by police, the prosecutor is putting more resources into the investigation.

The inquiry will examine possible misuse of public funds and a lack of full and proper disclosure, according to the prosecutor’s statement that was issued as Fillon took to the stage at a campaign rally near Paris.

The judge can decide to drop the case, place the 62-year-old former prime minister under formal investigation, or send the case to trial.

It was not clear, however, if the inquiry could be concluded before the two-round election, scheduled for April 23 and May 7, but the French judicial process would not typically wrap up such a case in the nine weeks between now and the poll.

Under French law, if Fillon were to win the presidential race the investigation would be suspended during his time in office.

Fillon has denied any wrongdoing and says his wife was paid hundreds of thousands of euros for genuine work as his parliamentary assistant, though he has acknowledged giving her the work was an error of judgement.

INVESTORS CONCERNED BY ELECTION

Fillon made no reference to the prosecutor’s decision at his rally, at which his supporters cried out “Fillon, President!”.

Fillon has pledged to stay in the race come what may, after saying for weeks that he would step down if he were put under formal investigation.

“You are my companions, and with you at my side I can feel your energy that will give me the strength to win,” Fillon told the rally.

Nevertheless, the issue has unnerved investors who fear Fillon’s campaign woes have handed the anti-euro, anti-immigration Marine Le Pen of the National Front a higher chance of winning the presidency.

Opinion polls show Le Pen leading a fragmented field in the first round but then losing to independent centrist Emmanuel Macron in a second round run-off. Macron has been favourite to win the presidency since the Fillon scandal broke on Jan. 25.

Fillon – who has long cultivated an image of probity and criticised people for taking government handouts – has been heckled for weeks by protesters at campaign outings.

Macron got a boost on Friday when German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was ready to meet him.

Le Pen, however, was roundly criticised by the French mainstream political establishment after she refused to attend a summons for questioning by police over allegations that she made illegal EU payments to her staff.

CHINE LABBÉ
MICHEL ROSE

Comments Whatsapp Twitter Facebook Share
More From The News
Sports

Ledecky Prepares for Another Big Week at ...

2 hours ago
World

Sand Sculpting Fest Draws Artists From A ...

2 hours ago
Business

Creators of New HBO Series Address Fears ...

2 hours ago
World

Apollo 11 Bag Laced with Moon Dust Sells ...

2 hours ago
Most Popular

Mexico Announces New Laptop, Tablet Secu ...

By The Associated Press
Mexico

Mexico City Sees Drug-War-Style Violence ...

By The Associated Press
Mexico

Breast Cancer and Fertility

By Thérèse Margolis
Living

What You're Doing This Weekend in Mexico ...

By The News
Living

Capital Revises Cremation Regulations

By Notimex
Mexico