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France's Fillon on the defensive...again

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 01:18

Francois Fillon's party has apologised for tweeting a caricature of French election rival Emmanuel Macron that Fillon himself admitted was anti-Semitic, adding to a row of controversies around his campaign. Axel Threlfall reports.

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They say there's no such thing as bad publicity. Well, that's probably not the case for Francois Fillon. The Republicans' presidential candidate once again trying to get his campaign back on track this morning after yet another round of scandals. First, he's had to call on his party to apologise for this. A tweet showing a controversial caricature of election rival Emmanuel Macron, which Fillon himself said was ani-Semitic. At a press conference in Paris, Fillon unveiled his 'Project for France' - in an attempt to shift the focus back on to the economy. But finance is somewhat dodgy territory too. There are reports he may have breached electoral rules after receiving a donation of two suits that together cost 13,000 euros. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, FRANCOIS FILLON, SAYING: "I am not going to answer questions about this topic, it's my private life. It's nothing to do with anyone else. I am perfectly allowed to be given a suit by a friend, it's not against the law." But all this comes on top of long-running allegations he paid his wife public funds for a job she never did. Fillon will be quetioned on that case on Wednesday and may be put under formal investigation. The first round of the election is less than 6 weeks away.

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France's Fillon on the defensive...again

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 01:18