French can­di­date draws nepo­tism probe

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

PARIS — The French fi­nan­cial prose­cu­tor’s of­fice has opened a ju­di­cial in­quiry into the re­port­edly fake par­lia­men­tary aide jobs that con­ser­va­tive pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Fran­cois Fil­lon gave to his wife and two of his chil­dren.

Af­ter a pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan last month, the prose­cu­tor’s of­fice de­cided to move for­ward with the case. How­ever, no one is named in the ju­di­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion that opened Fri­day on a list of charges, in­clud­ing mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of public funds.

Fil­lon had been one of the front-run­ners for the French pres­i­dency, but his can­di­dacy has stum­bled af­ter these al­le­ga­tions. Fil­lon ad­mits that he hired his wife and chil­dren, but says the jobs were real and the prac­tice was le­gal at the time.

AP/CHRISTOPHE ENA

French pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Fran­cois Fil­lon de­liv­ers a speech at a rally Fri­day out­side Paris.

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