France’s Presidential hopeful under scrutiny

Richard BalmforthIngrid Melander report in the Independent, ‘. . . the allegation that Mr Fillon’s British-born wife, Penelope, was paid for fake jobs – a charge to which he did not reply directly on Wednesday – could undermine his pledge to pursue an honest and transparent campaign, and hurt his ratings as the race for the presidency gathers pace . . . Le Canard Enchaine reported that Penelope Fillon had been paid €600,000 (£511,000) for many years of employment as a parliamentary assistant to him and later to his replacement as a National Assembly lawmaker, and for work at a cultural journal. It said that its research had showed there was no evidence she had ever really worked. Mr Fillon’s public relations team have emphasised there is nothing illegal about her working for her husband in the National Assembly.’ click here