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IPFS News Link • France

French Presidential Election Crisis...

•, Tyler Durden

Shortly after news broke that the presidential candidate may have paid out as much as 1 million euros to his wife and children - more than initially alleged - in an ever growing graft scandal, French police searched Francois Fillon's office in parliament as an inquiry into alleged fake work by his wife threatened his campaign and party leaders began to consider a 'Plan B' without him. Fillon had been favorite to win the presidency for the conservative Republicans party until a week ago, when it was reported that his wife Penelope had drawn hundreds of thousands of euros in pay from state funds without doing any work.

Fillon on Tuesday declared that he was a victim of a 'professional' plot aimed at derailing his bid to become France's next president. He only failed to mention Vladimir Putin and the farce would have been complete.