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    French Presidential Hopeful Fillon Decries Media 'Bullying' Campaign Against Him

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    French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon stipulated fierce criticism at media on Monday for choosing him as the main target of their campaign.

    PARIS (Sputnik) — French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon lashed out at media on Monday for allegedly choosing him as the main target of their smear campaign, after accusations he accepted pricey gifts from a friend.

    "I’ve become the target of so many attacks that I can only think about them as bullying, a mobilization against me," Fillon said in an interview on Europe 1’s morning show.

    The flag-bearer for the center-right The Republicans party was forced on the defensive again after a French newspaper claimed he accepted two suits from a friend last February worth over $13,000.

    Fillon dismissed a potential conflict of interests in receiving expensive clothes, saying this was his private business. Presidential candidates in France are barred from taking donations of over $4,900 per contributor.

    Once a favorite to make it into the runoff, Fillon saw his popularity rating slump after the Penelopegate, a story made public by a French tabloid that claimed his wife had been paid public money for work she had not done. Fillon denied the allegations.

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