French presidential candidate Francois Fillon charged with embezzlement

French prosecutors said Tuesday that they had placed presidential candidate Francois Fillon under formal investigation for misuse of public funds. The center-right candidate was charged with arranging for his wife, Penelope Fillon, to be paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in public money for work she never did. Fillon denies the allegations, and vows to keep campaigning, although he once said he would drop out if he was targeted in a formal investigation. Fillon was once the favorite to lead the voting in April and May, but since the scandal erupted he has fallen behind far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron in polls.

Read More

%d bloggers like this: