February 08, 2017
Fillon faces new allegations
François Fillon is not out of the woods yet. Just a day after he addressed the public about the allegations of nepotism, and ready to embark on the campaign trail again, new revelations emerged. Le Canard Enchaîné writes in its Wednesday edition that Penelope Fillon received €45,000 in severance payments from the Assembly at the end of her two assistant contracts. The investigative newspaper writes that, in 2002, Penelope Fillon received €16,000 - which is an equivalent of five months salary payments - but started to work for the literary review early so that there is an overlap. Legislation also does not foresee such high sums for severance payments, so the article.
Fillon went into offensive mode, writing an open letter in the newspaper Ouest-France accusing the satirical paper of lyings, and printing obvious mistakes. The latest polls for him are not good. They suggest that he did not convince the French with his speech on Monday. Just one in three of those questioned believe he should remain as the conservative candidate, according to France 24. Among conservatives his support was higher, between 58% and 62% believed his version. The polls show that Fillon would now be eliminated in the first round on April 23, with Le Pen and Macron moving on to the May 7 runoff.