Fillon payment scandal: Investigation ‘to include two of his children’


BBC — Prosecutors in France have widened their investigation into the financial affairs of the centre-right presidential candidate, Francois Fillon, to include payments made to two of his children.
He has become mired in a scandal surrounding claims that his Welsh-born wife, Penelope, was paid large sums over a number of years for “fake jobs”.

Mr Fillon has denied any wrongdoing.

He has faced mounting pressure to quit the presidential race.

Putting more pressure on Mr Fillion, a 62-year-old ex-prime minister, France Televisions said it would screen extracts from an interview with his wife in 2007 in which she told British media that she had never worked as his assistant.

Penelope Fillon has been accused by satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaine of being paid hundreds of thousands of euros for work she may not have done.

The couple have said she was legitimately employed as his parliamentary aide, and her lawyer, Pierre Cornut-Gentille, said she handed over evidence of the work she did.