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>> Freedom.>> He says he has nothing to hide. And Francois Fillon made it clear that he's determined to push on in his bid for the French presidency, defying calls from within his party to step aside. The right wing candidate launching a counter attack on Monday. His campaign is in turmoil after media reports claimed his wife, Penelope, was paid hundreds of thousands of euros in state money for work she may never have done.
> Independent centrist Emmanuel Macron overtaking him, and far right leader Marine Le Pen also seen gaining ground. Fillon now expected to come third in the first round, and therefore being knocked out of the race.
>> But the former prime minister did insist the salary was entirely justified, adding that he sees no reason to reimburse the money. The devout Catholic and father of five has campaigned on the basis that he's an honest politician. Polls show the 62 year old has lost his status as favorite to win the spring election.