French Presidential aspirant Francois Fillon said on Thursday that his wife’s salary as a parliamentary aide was justified.
“I did not hire my wife but married my aide,” Fillon told TF1 television.
French investigators launched on Wednesday a preliminary probe into allegations that Fillon paid his wife €600,000, supposedly as a political aid. The investigation came following a report by the Canard Enchainé, which claims that Penelope Fillon has received the salary of a parliamentary assistant.
Canard Enchainé suggests there is no evidence Fillon ever worked. On Thursday, Fillon said he would provide evidence she did. The former Prime Minister argued that his wife was paid to proofread his speeches, review press, and meet people for him.