France’s financial prosecutor said on Thursday she would pursue a probe into fake work allegations about presidential candidate Francois Fillon, dealing a new blow to the ex-prime minister’s faltering campaign.
A three-week-old scandal over whether or not Fillon’s wife worked for hundreds of thousands of euros in taxpayers’ money paid to her as a parliamentary aide has cost the conservative his status as favourite to win the presidency in May.
“It is my duty to affirm that the numerous elements collected (by investigators) do not, at this stage, permit the case to be dropped,” prosecutor Eliane Houlette said in a statement after receiving an initial police report on whether public funds were misused.
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