Financial prosecutor opens investigation into Fillon’s wife

PARIS (AP) — France’s financial prosecutor office says it has launched a probe into claims that presidential hopeful Francois Fillon’s wife was paid about 500,000 euros (more than $535,000) from parliamentary funds.

The prosecutor’s office opened its investigation on suspected grounds of embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds just hours after Le Canard Enchaine newspaper reported that Penelope Fillon earned the money over eight years as a parliamentary aide to her husband during his tenure as a lawmaker.

It’s not illegal for French legislators to hire their relatives as long as they are genuinely employed. Fillon, who has been championing transparency in his campaign, denied any wrongdoing.