Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Penelope-Gate: New revelations claim François Fillon got his wife and kids jobs that paid €1 million...

French presidential candidate Francois Fillon got his wife and two of his children jobs that paid nearly one million euros ($1.1 million), according to new claims in the Canard Enchaine newspaper on Tuesday. It comes as police investigating the "Penelope-Gate" fake jobs allegations raided offices at the French parliament.

As well as employing his wife Penelope as a parliamentary aide and getting her a job at a literary review owned by a friend, conservative candidate Fillon also employed two of his children as parliamentary assistants, the new report alleged.

The conservative candidate's wife Penelope earned €900,000 - far more than the €500,000 first claimed - as a parliamentary aide and at a literary review owned by his friend, and two of his five children were employed as parliamentary assistants, earning a further €84,000, the report alleged.

The new claims were from the Canard Enchainé newspaper, which broke the original story last week that Penelope Fillon had earned around half a million euros as a parliamentary aide to Fillon and another MP between 1998 and 2007.

 The newspaper alleged the job was actually non-existent saying it could find no evidence or witnesses to testify to her work. Full story...

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