Penelope and François Fillon: The 150-page charge sheet details six blocks of allegedly illegal payments totalling €1,306,400. Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images

The trial of the former French prime minister François Fillon, his Welsh-born wife Penelope, and Marc Joulaud, the man who replaced Fillon in the Nati(...)

François Fillon was expected to win the top office until it was revealed his wife had received some €600,000 for a fake job. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

The French national financial prosecutor has recommended that former conservative presidential candidate François Fillon and his wife, Penelope, be pr(...)

 François Fillon leaves his apartment in Paris on Wednesday. His failure to declare a controversial secret loan  is the least of the alleged offences for which he was placed under investigation on Tuesday. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

François Fillon, the presidential nominee for the conservative party Les Républicains (LR), sees himself as the political heir of Charles de Gaulle, (...)

Former French prime minister François Fillon: Six weeks into “Penelopegate” opinion polls indicate he will be eliminated in the first round on April 23rd. Photograph: Reuters

The political family that Gen Charles de Gaulle founded with the Fifth Republic in 1958 has descended into an absurd melodrama in which François Fillo(...)

Former prime minister of France  Alain Juppé prepares to step down from the podium after announcing at a press conference on Monday that he would not seek to replace Francois Fillon as the centre-right candidate in the presidential election. Photograph: Mehdi Fedouach/AFP/Getty Images

The man seen as a possible saviour of France’s centre-right has disappointed supporters by announcing he will not stand in next month’s presidential e(...)

French conservative presidential candidate François Fillon is currently running third in polls, after the Front National candidate, Marine Le Pen, and the independent centrist Emmanuel Macron. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters.

For the first time in French history, a candidate who is under investigation for corruption will participate in the first round of the presidential el(...)

Francois Fillon, presidential candidate of France’s main conservative party Les Républicains. “What was acceptable yesterday is no longer accepted . . . It was an error. I profoundly regret it and I present my excuses to the French.” Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Francois Fillon, the presidential candidate for France’s main conservative party Les Républicains (LR), delivered a strong performance on Monday, whe(...)

François Fillon: The presidential candidate  visits a  creche in Poix-Terron on Thursday even as the “Penelope-gate” investigation was expanded to include his two children. Photograph: François Nascimbeni/AFP/Getty Images

François Fillon, the embattled French presidential candidate for the conservative party Les Républicains, was contradicted by his wife in an interview(...)

François Fillon: The  presidential candidate of the French centre-right claims he is a victim of “an institutional coup d’etat” by the socialist government. Photograph: Reuters/Christian Hartmann

As their hopes of winning the French president’s office next May 7th continued to evaporate on Wednesday, supporters of the conservative Les Républic(...)

Emmanuel Macron and Ségolène Royal: François Hollande’s former domestic partner judged “this little one” Macron to be presidential material. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

In the photograph published on the front page of the conservative newspaper Le Figaro, the independent presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron and the (...)

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