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>> A stink bomb campaign against me.>>
>> France's presidential election front-runner, Francois Fillon's reaction to claims that his wife was paid for work she didn't do. The media report claiming British-born Penelope Fillon received 600,000 euros over eight years as her husband's parliamentary assistant. Whilst acknowledging his wife did work for him, Fillon strongly denies she was paid for fake work.
It's not illegal for French lawmakers to employ family members in their office. But as Fillon runs in the presidential election race, the charges threaten to damage his campaign and his wholesome image as family man and country gentleman. For now, he's tipped to win May's vote, but he'll face strong competition from far-right leader Marine Le Pen, and possibly independent centrist Emmanuel Macron.