French magistrate to investigate Francois Fillon

A magistrate is to investigate French centre-right presidential candidate Francois Fillon over payments to his family, prosecutors say.

By involving a magistrate in what had so far been a preliminary probe led by police, the prosecutors are putting more resources into the investigation.

They are looking into whether he paid large sums to his wife for "fake jobs".

Mr Fillon, who denies any wrongdoing, says the accusations are intended "to destroy" him and the Republicans.


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