2017-02-02 13:54:15 UTC
Fillon ‘paid wife €500,000 to do nothing’
The British wife of François Fillon, the frontrunner in France’s
presidential election, is facing claims that she was paid about €500,000
of taxpayers’ money for a fictitious job as a parliamentary assistant.
Le Canard Enchaîné, a satirical weekly newspaper, said that Penelope
Fillon, 61, had been employed in parliament for eight years while her
husband was an MP, a minister and prime minister, earning €94,800 a year
at one point.
French MPs frequently employ their relatives and the practice is legal.
However, Le Canard Enchaîné suggested that Mrs Fillon had been paid for
work she had not carried out, which would be an offence under French law.
The claims will be damaging to Mr Fillon, who has said that presidential
candidates must be above suspicion,