The Prosecutor’s office of France is planning to initiate a criminal investigation against former Prime Minister françois Fillon, a leading contender for the presidency from the center-right party «the Republicans» suspected of abuse of office.
About it writes on Sunday, February 12, the news Agency Reuters with reference to the weekly Journal de Dimanche and own sources.
Previously, the newspaper Le Monde reported that the Prosecutor’s office is investigating a possible link between the awarding of the Legion of honor, the highest award of the country, a rich businessman and friend of the family Fillon, and the allocation of large amounts to pay for bogus work of the spouse of the candidate, and Senator Bruno Gilles, a senior leader of the party «the Republicans», urged Fillon to withdraw his candidacy in the upcoming elections of the President of France.
The occasion was the scandal surrounding the wife of Fillon. The newspaper Le Canard Enchaine claims that he paid for out of public funds hundreds of thousands of euros to his wife for the work she did not perform.
Gilles said that the party intends to change the candidate, in the primaries, former President Nicolas Sarkozy, in whose government he held the post of Prime Minister.
These accusations, which strongly rejects Fillon, has already caused considerable damage to his presidential campaign. According to recent polls, it is inferior to the leader of «National front» marine Le Pen and centrist independent to Emmanuel Marcon.
The first round of presidential elections in France scheduled for April 23.