Tag Archives: Francois Fillon

France: Would-be presidents make last-minute appeals before vote

Source: Reuters

“Candidates in France’s presidential election made last-ditch appeals to sway undecided voters on Thursday as the third and fourth placed contenders kept up the pressure on the two hopefuls leading opinion polls. Voters will cast ballots on Sunday in the first round of what has turned into the most unpredictable French election in memory, with four of the 11 candidates within reach of the two places for the run-off on May 7. … A Harris Interactive poll showed [Emmanuel] Macron and [Marine] Le Pen still in front, with the gap a bit wider than before. The centrist inched ahead to 24.5 percent while Le Pen was a bit weaker on 21 percent. Conservative former prime minister Francois Fillon scored 20 percent, meaning he was now gaining on Le Pen. Jean-Luc Melenchon, a far left politician propelled from wildcard to genuine contender thanks to feisty television performances and smart social media campaign, was stable on 19 percent. An Ifop-Fiducial poll showed roughly the same breakdown.” (04/20/17)


France: Macron, Le Pen edge further ahead of Fillon, Melenchon in poll

Source: US News & World Report

“French centrist Emmanuel Macron is set to top the voting in the first round of France’s presidential election ahead of far-right leader Marine Le Pen, and their leads over conservative Francois Fillon and leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon have widened, a poll showed on Monday. The Elabe poll for magazine L’Express showed Macron winning 24 percent of the vote on Sunday, up from 23.5 percent the last time the survey was conducted a week ago. Le Pen’s score also improved slightly, rising to 23 percent from 22.5 percent, which would put her and Macron on course to face off in a May 7 runoff that he was seen winning by 62 percent to 38 percent.” (04/17/17)

France: Fillon pleads conspiracy theory after graft charge

Source: Bloomberg

“Francois Fillon told voters he’s the victim of a plot, as pollsters assess how far his deepening legal problems have damaged his bid to be France’s next president. A day after being charged with embezzlement over his wife’s allegedly fake job as a parliamentary aide, the 63-year-old former prime minister insisted on his innocence in a radio interview Wednesday and argued that the courts are being used by his political opponents in the run-up to the first round of voting on April 23. ‘Justice is being manipulated against me to prevent me from running,’ Fillon told Radio Classique. ‘I am innocent.'” (03/15/17)


France: Fillon charged in jobs investigation

Source: Los Angeles Times

“French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon was preliminarily charged and put under investigation Tuesday over wages his wife and children received for parliamentary jobs they allegedly never did. Magistrates announced that the Parliament member and former prime minister would face questioning on fraud allegations including that he misappropriated public funds. It is the first time a French presidential candidate has been formally charged during a campaign.” (03/14/17)


France: Beleaguered Fillon hit by fresh scandals

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Beleaguered French presidential candidate Francois Fillon was put on the defensive again over the weekend following two fresh controversies. Mr Fillon’s party apologised on Saturday for tweeting a caricature of rival Emmanuel Macron that Mr Fillon admitted was anti-Semitic. And on Sunday it emerged that he had accepted two suits from a friend worth €13,000 (£11,500; $13,900). France sets a limit of €4,600 that any individual can donate to a candidate. … Mr Fillon was at one point the favourite to win the presidency but his campaign has been hit by a series of scandals, including an investigation into allegations that he paid his wife €831,400 (£710,000; $900,000) of public funds for work she didn’t do.” (03/12/17)


France: Fillon “won’t surrender” presidential candidacy despite charges

Source: ABC News

“French conservative candidate Francois Fillon is refusing to quit the presidential race despite receiving a summons Wednesday to face charges of faking parliamentary jobs for his family. Calling the investigation a ‘political assassination,’ Fillon called on his supporters to ‘resist’ and said he would leave it up to voters to decide his fate. Once a front-runner in the race for the April-May two-round election, Fillon’s chances have slipped since the probe was opened in January. Fillon abruptly canceled a campaign stop Wednesday after receiving the legal summons, prompting media speculation that he would quit the race. ‘I will not surrender,’ he told reporters at his headquarters later. ‘I will not withdraw.'” (03/01/17)


France: Prosecutors widen Fillon probe amid party calls to quit

Source: Bloomberg

“The pressure is building on Francois Fillon. After more than a week of reports he handed family members unjustified public salaries, prosecutors on Thursday decided to widen … a preliminary criminal probe started last week to include Fillon’s employment of two of his children as aides when he was serving in the French Senate, according to a person familiar with the investigation. The decision follows a report Tuesday in the satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaine that the candidate’s wife Penelope and two of the couple’s children earned more than 1 million euros ($1.1 million) over more than a decade as parliamentary aides and from Penelope’s contributions to a magazine. While it’s legal and common for French lawmakers to employ family members, Le Canard said that Penelope Fillon didn’t actually do any work.” (02/02/17)