Francois Fillon placed under formal investigation

French presidential candidate Francois Fillon has been placed under formal investigation over alleged diversion of public funds, prosecutors say.

The centre-right contender is suspected of paying hundreds of thousands of euros to his family for work they may have not done.

He denies wrongdoing, but had earlier said he would quit the presidential race if placed under investigation.

Until recently, he was the favourite to win the elections in April and May.


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