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The latest political scandal in France, started, not by US-based Alt-right trolls, but in the good old fashioned French way: Le Canard Enchaîné.

French candidate Fillon's lawyer says he confident, but supporters worry - Reuters

A lawyer for Francois Fillon went to the financial prosecutor's office on Thursday to defend the French presidential candidate against press allegations that his wife had received a salary for a fake job, a charge that could harm his bid for the Elysee.

The satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaine reported this week that Penelope Fillon had been paid some 600,000 euros (£511,828) for many years of employment as a parliamentary assistant to Fillon, then to his replacement as a National Assembly lawmaker and also for work at a cultural journal.

It said its research had showed there was no evidence she had ever really worked.[..]

The image conveyed by the Welsh-born Penelope Fillon's own rare public comments and glossy magazines is of a woman leading a country life and keeping home for her family in their 12th century chateau near Le Mans, west of Paris.

Last October she told a newspaper, Le Bien Public: "Up to now, I have never been involved in the political life of my husband."

by Bernard on Thu Jan 26th, 2017 at 08:11:31 PM EST

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