French National Assembly raided as part of Francois Fillon 'fake job' probe

French National Assembly searched in connection to Francois Fillon allegations

Francois Fillion and his wife were both questioned over allegations of financial impropriety on Monday

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Investigators have searched the French parliament as part of an investigation into ongoing allegations of financial impropriety committed by presidential candidate Francois Fillon.

France's fiscal prosecutor is investigating Fillon and his wife Penelope after a satirical French newspaper claimed that she was given £430,000 of taxpayers’ money for a 'fake job' as a parliamentary aide.

Le Canard Enchaîné claims Penelope Fillon received the money for her services as a parliamentary assistant to her husband and later to his replacement. However, the paper said it was unable to find proof that she had ever actually worked at the National Assembly.

Both Fillons were questioned in the National Assembly on Monday over the allegations, and now the authorities are searching the lower house of the French Parliament

It has been reported that Francois Fillon's office hasn't been searched as part of the investigation.

Although the veteran conservative politician rejects the allegations, the claims have denting his popularity ahead of the French presidential election this spring, in which he is widely tipped to win.