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Former French PM Fillon to face trial over fake jobs

Paris - Former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, whose 2017 bid for the presidency was torpedoed by a fake job scandal involving his wife, will face trial over the allegations, a judicial source told AFP on Tuesday.

Fillon claims 'fake jobs' article influenced election

Paris - French prosecutors are probing claims by failed conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon that a report about his "fake jobs" scandal had a direct impact on the election, sources said Tuesday.

France's defeated Fillon left battling 'Penelopegate'

Paris - Francois Fillon's exit from the French presidential race leaves the conservative mired in the fake jobs scandal that wrecked his reputation and torpedoed his campaign.

France's Fillon: one-time favourite leads right to historic defeat

Paris - Former premier Francois Fillon was one of the early favourites to become president, but in the end he led the French right to a historic defeat, as a fake jobs scandal engulfed his campaign.

France's Fillon bowed but not broken in presidential race

Paris - French conservative candidate Francois Fillon has seen his hopes of becoming president severely dented by a fake jobs scandal, yet he has clung on in the race and could still spring a surprise.

Penelope Fillon: 'discreet' wife thrust into spotlight

Paris - Penelope Fillon, long a low-profile political wife, has been thrust into the spotlight with a scandal bearing her name -- "Penelopegate" -- that is dimming her husband Francois Fillon's hopes of becoming France's next president.

Wife of France's Fillon also charged in fake jobs affair

Paris - The wife of France's conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon was charged Tuesday with complicity in the abuse of public funds in a scandal that has engulfed her husband's campaign.

French candidate Fillon's wife charged in fake job scandal

Paris - Penelope Fillon, wife of France's conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon, was charged Tuesday with complicity in the abuse of public funds in a scandal that has engulfed her husband's campaign, a judicial source said.

France's Hollande hits back at scandal-hit Fillon's claims

Paris - France's leader on Friday lashed out at presidential candidate Francois Fillon, saying the rightwinger lacked "dignity" after claiming the state had orchestrated a campaign to smear him.

France's Hollande says Fillon lacks 'dignity' after smear charge

Paris - French President Francois Hollande said Friday rightwing presidential candidate Francois Fillon had exceeded the bounds of "dignity and responsibility" by accusing him of being behind a smear campaign."I don't want to enter the electoral debate...

France's scandal-tainted Fillon accuses Hollande of media leaks

Paris - French centre-right presidential candidate Francois Fillon on Thursday accused President Francois Hollande, a Socialist, of orchestrating media leaks that have dented his image as a scandal free leader a month ahead of the key vote.

France's scandal-tainted Fillon accuses Hollande of media leaks

Paris - French right-wing presidential candidate Francois Fillon on Thursday accused President Francois Hollande, a Socialist, of orchestrating media leaks that have dented his image as a scandal free leader a month ahead of the key vote.

EU's Moscovici admits pricey suit gifts

Brussels - Top EU economics official Pierre Moscovici confirmed Wednesday he received expensive suits as gifts from the same shop as embattled French presidential candidate Francois Fillon.

Pricey suits for France's Fillon were 'friendly gift': lawyer

Paris - A French lawyer known for his close links to African leaders confirmed Friday that he bought suits for scandal-hit presidential candidate Francois Fillon worth 13,000 euros ($14,000), insisting they were a "simple gift from a friend".

France's Fillon faces new probe over clothing gifts

Paris - Legal woes piled higher for France's conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon on Thursday when a judicial source said he will be probed over luxury suits he received as gifts.

Fillon, Penelopegate and France's election explained

Paris - France's rightwing presidential candidate Francois Fillon was charged Tuesday with misusing public funds over a fake jobs scandal that has crippled his campaign.

France's Fillon: 'Mr Clean' dogged by past statements

Paris - Francois Fillon, the French rightwing presidential candidate charged over a fake jobs scandal, is a career politician whose image as a steady and unblemished leader has been shattered during the campaign.

France's Fillon charged over 'fake jobs' scandal

Paris - French rightwing presidential candidate Francois Fillon was charged Tuesday with several offences over a fake jobs scandal, worsening his unprecedented legal problems which have upended the race just six weeks from voting.

France's Fillon battles to bury scandals before date with judges

Paris - French presidential candidate Francois Fillon on Monday defended his radical economic plan and proposed a measure to clean up politics, two days before a key meeting with judges investigating him over a fake jobs scandal.

France's Fillon denounces 'witch hunt' after suit revelations

Paris - France's rightwing presidential candidate Francois Fillon said Monday that he was the target of a "witch hunt" by journalists after revelations that a wealthy friend had bought him luxury suits worth thousands of euros.

France's Fillon under scrutiny over cash for bespoke suits

Paris - Conservative French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon, already dogged by a fake jobs scandal, faced new scrutiny Sunday over a mystery benefactor reportedly paying for his bespoke suits.

New revelation hits France's scandal-plagued Fillon

Paris - Scandal-plagued French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon was hit by a new revelation on Tuesday, this time over an interest-free, undeclared loan he received from a billionaire friend.

French tycoon gave Fillon 'undeclared €50,000 loan'

Paris - Embattled French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon received an interest-free, undeclared loan of 50,000 euros ($53,000) from a billionaire friend in 2013, according to the Canard Enchaine weekly.

Six ways Fillon's woes have shaken up France's election

Paris - Rightwing presidential candidate Francois Fillon appears to have won his battle to stay in France's election, but his fake job scandal will have a lasting impact on the vote and beyond.

French centrist party abandons embattled Fillon: party leader

Rennes - A French centrist party has definitively withdrawn its support for scandal-hit rightwing presidential candidate Francois Fillon, its leader said in an interview Friday.

'Penelopegate': the Achilles' heel of France's Fillon

Paris - Francois Fillon campaigned as a sleaze-free reformer, but his bid for the French presidency appears on the brink of collapse over claims he used taxpayers' money to pay his wife Penelope for fake jobs.- Who is Francois Fillon?

Winning gamble or political suicide for France's Fillon?

Paris - As Francois Fillon soldiers on in his campaign for the French presidency despite a crippling fake jobs scandal, the jury is out over how long the conservative candidate can stay afloat.

What is #Penelopegate and will it bring down France's Fillon?

Paris - Francois Fillon said Wednesday he would not abandon his bid for the French presidency despite facing charges in an expenses scandal dubbed "Penelopegate" after his wife.

Fillon faces 'fake job' charges but stays in French campaign

Paris - French rightwing presidential candidate Francois Fillon announced Wednesday that he would be charged over a fake job scandal that has battered his campaign, but vowed to continue his bid for power.

France's Fillon says will be charged but stay in campaign

Paris - French presidential candidate Francois Fillon said Wednesday he will not pull out of the campaign despite admitting he is to be charged over allegations he paid his wife and children for fake jobs.
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