Eleven candidates qualified for first round of French election
Mar 18 2017 by Desiree Burns
Francois FillonMagistrates investigating into Fillon public fund misuse would widen the investigation to include an "influence peddling" probing in relation with the conservative politician' suits worth thousands of euros paid by a wealthy friend, Le Parisien daily said.
Fillon, an avowed Catholic, was the surprise victor of the rightwing Republicans' primary in November after campaigning as a man of integrity.
The other gifts were paid for in cash, the paper reported.
He was charged this week with misuse of public funds over payments totalling €680,000 to his Welsh-born wife Penelope between 1986 and 2013.
According to Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper, the ex-prime minister received gifts of suits and other clothing worth a total of 48,500 euros (52.224 USA dollars) since 2012 from a Paris tailor.
Fillon said on Monday that he was "perfectly within my rights to accept a suit from a friend, it's not forbidden", adding that it had "nothing to do with" politics.
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There's also SEC nominee Jay Clayton, a white-collar lawyer who has defended Goldman Sachs and whose wife works at the bank. His $2 million salary remained unchanged, while his cash bonus fell to $4 million from $6.3 million past year .