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Fraud ruling looms for former French PM Fillon

Paris - A French court gives its verdict Monday in the trial of former premier Francois Fillon on charges of setting up a fake job for his wife that paid her over a million euros in public funds, a scandal that demolished his 2017 presidential bid.

Embezzlement trial opens for French ex-premier Fillon, wife

Paris - French former prime minister Francois Fillon and his wife Penelope appeared in a Paris court Wednesday for the start of their trial on charges of embezzling over a million euros in an alleged fake-jobs fraud.

French court delays fraud trial for ex-premier Fillon

Paris - French former prime minister Francois Fillon and his wife Penelope appeared in court on Monday over claims they embezzled over one million euros in an alleged fake-jobs fraud.

Old-style French politics in the dock as ex-premier goes on trial

Paris - It was the scandal that turned the 2017 French presidential election on its head, sweeping away the favourite and allowing relative newcomer Emmanuel Macron to romp home.

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?
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