The Prosecutor’s office launched an investigation against the wife of françois Fillon

Francois Fillon and his wife Penelope

French prosecutors have opened a preliminary investigation against the wife of the presidential candidate of the country Francois Fillon and Penelope. About it reports Reuters.

Earlier on 25 January, the weekly Сanard enchainé (“the Chained duck”) published an article alleging that for several years, Penelope Fillon was listed as an assistant to her husband, at a time when he was a member of the National Assembly (lower house of Parliament), for which he received remuneration in the amount of 500 thousand euros.

However, as writes the edition, for several years, during which Madame Fillon received a salary in the Parliament, in the workplace, no one’s seen her, about her activities as an assistant also do not know.

As reported, in turn, BFMTV, the employment of a close person is not prohibited by law in the case, if this activity is not fictitious.

Francois Fillon all the accusations against the couple denied, calling information about alleged violations of the machinations of sexist, and an attempt to smear mud one of the favorites of the presidential race.

Fillon is a candidate for the presidency from the right-wing “Republicans”. According to public opinion polls, he is through to the second round of elections, together with leader of “National front” marine Le Pen.

Presidential elections in France will take place in April-may 2017.