Friends and detractors of Francois Fillon seek to bridge divisions and put the candidate’s presidential campaign back on track despite a damaging financial scandal.
French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon is defending his past conduct in a scandal involving payments to his wife for work which a press report says she did not do, and says he will push on in his bid for the presidency. Mia Womersley reports. Continue reading
International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde stands trial for her role in a 400 million euro payout as French finance minister in 2008 to businessman Bernard Tapie, at the Cour de Justice de la Republique, saying she is confident she has done nothing wrong. Mia Womersley reports. Continue reading
IMF chief Christine Lagarde is to go on trial for her role in a 400 million euro ($425 million) state payout to businessman Bernard Tapie in 2008 when she was France’s finance minister.
Parisians are surprised that socially conservative, pro-business candidate Francois Fillon emerged with the highest score in the first round of primaries for the centre-right’s presidential ticket.
Former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservative UMP party rules out any alliances between his party and National Front while French Prime Minister Manuel Valls calls for anti-FN blockade in next week’s run-off.