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  French presidential hopeful François Fillon, wife in 'fake job' probe
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Feb 04, 2017 11:34am
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AuthorFrance 24
MediaTV News - France 24
News DateTuesday, January 31, 2017 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionFrench presidential candidate François Fillon confirmed that he and his wife were questioned by investigators Monday as part of a probe into allegations that Penelope Fillon was paid for fake jobs.

Francois Fillon, who has denied any wrongdoing, had said after the probe was opened last week that he wanted to be heard by the investigators. Such questioning is a normal step in a preliminary probe and not a sign of culpability.

The financial prosecutor's office, Fillon's lawyer and his staff were not immediately available for comment on the case, which is sapping the popularity of the former conservative prime minister and could shake up the April-May presidential contest.

Satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaine reported last week that Penelope Fillon had been paid 500,000 euros ($534,000) from state funds as a parliamentary assistant to her husband and his successor but that it could find no proof of her having actually done any work.
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