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French Presidential Hopeful Fillon's Wife Placed Under Formal Investigation

© REUTERS / Philippe WojazerPenelope Fillon, France's Prime Minister Francois Fillon's wife, listens as her husband delivers a speech in front of the newly elected National Assembly outlining his government's priorities in Paris, France, July 3, 2007
Penelope Fillon, France's Prime Minister Francois Fillon's wife, listens as her husband delivers a speech in front of the newly elected National Assembly outlining his government's priorities in Paris, France, July 3, 2007 - Sputnik International
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French The Republicans' presidential candidate Francois Fillon's wife was placed under the formal investigation on Tuesday over allegations that she was paid huge sums of money for a fake job, local media reported.

French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon arrives at a campaign rally in Caen, north western France, Tuesday, March 16, 2017. - Sputnik International
'Stink Bomb Season': French Media Ramps Up Campaign Against Fillon
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the BFMTV broadcaster, Penelope Fillon was placed under investigation on suspicion of complicity in diversion of public funds.

The scandal surrounding Fillon broke out January when allegations of his wife being fraudulently employed as his parliamentary assistant came to light. Earlier in March, Fillon was summoned before the investigating magistrate, where he reiterated via a written statement that his wife's job was in fact real.

According to polls, Fillon's chances in the presidential race have wavered and leader of far-right National Front Marine Le Pen and independent presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron became favorites.

French presidential election will take place on April 23, with the run-off scheduled for May 7.

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