French presidential election 2017

Fillon's wife under formal investigation in French probe

The wife of embattled French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon was Tuesday placed under formal investigation in a probe centring around her job as his parliamentary aide, a judicial source said.

Fillon supporters call for inquiry into dirty tricks claims

Supporters of embattled conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon called on French prosecutors Monday to investigate claims in a recently published book that police and judicial proceedings might have been used to target rivals of socialist President Francois Hollande.

Fillon substitute latest to come under investigation

A lawmaker who stood in for scandal-hit French presidential candidate Francois Fillon while the latter was prime minister has been placed under formal investigation by judges, a source close to the case told dpa on Friday.

Putin meets with French presidential hopeful Le Pen in Russia

Russian leader Vladimir Putin met with French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in Moscow on Friday and said his government does not want to interfere in next month's election.

Embattled Fillon accuses Hollande of leaking to media

The embattled French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon late Thursday accused President Francois Hollande of plotting to derail his campaign by leaking information about an ongoing investigation against him to the media.

France's Marine Le Pen to visit Russian parliament

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is expected to visit Moscow on Friday to meet with Russian lawmakers, a high-ranking member of the Russian parliament announced.

Kremlin denies France's Fillon introduced businessman to Putin

The Kremlin denied on Wednesday that France's scandal-hit conservative presidential candidate, Francois Fillon, had arranged a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin for Lebanese pipeline magnate Fouad Makhzoumi in 2015.

Almost 10 million watched French presidential debate

Some 9.8 million viewers tuned in to Monday night's French presidential debate, according to one of the television channels that broadcast it.

French investigators open formal probe in Fillon fake jobs scandal

French presidential candidate Francois Fillon is officially under investigation for giving fake jobs to family members, a development his spokesman on Tuesday declared a "non-event."

Fillon acknowledges gift of luxury suits from friend

French conservative presidential hopeful Francois Fillon Sunday acknowledged that an unnamed friend had made him a present of suits that media reports said cost 13,000 euros (13,890 dollars).

Fillon: France failed to show European solidarity on Cavusoglu rally

The French government has failed in its duty of solidarity with its European partners by letting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu address a rally on its soil, the right-wing candidate for the French presidency, Francois Fillon, says.

US Congress hears warning of Russian election meddling in Europe

Estonian ex-president Toomas Hendrik Ilves, whose government withstood a suspected Russian cyberattack a decade ago, warned Thursday that major European elections will be the "main battlefield for the next year" of online warfare.

Fillon gets party backing as mooted replacement Juppe refuses run

Embattled conservative hopeful Francois Fillon Monday appeared to have fended off any immediate challenge to his position as candidate of the centre-right in the French presidential election.

French conservatives' fallback Juppe rules out presidential candidacy

The French centre-right's hopes of reviving its presidential campaign, hit by a judicial investigation into candidate Francois Fillon, were dealt a new blow on Monday when the man mooted as a possible replacement candidate said he would not run.

France's Fillon lashes out at deserters in 'fake job' scandal

French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon lashed out at his deserters at a rally on Sunday, as pressure from his own conservative ranks mounted over allegations that his wife took a fake job as his aide.

"I did work," wife of embattled French candidate Fillon asserts

Penelope Fillon, the wife of embattled French presidential candidate Francois Fillon, pushed back Sunday against allegations that she did not work for her salary as his parliamentary assistant.

Macron calls for 'radical transformation' as Fillon loses support

Describing France as a country that could not be reformed, the centrist candidate for the French presidency, Emmanuel Macron, on Thursday promised "a radical transformation" instead.

EU Parliament strips France's Marine Le Pen of immunity over IS posts

The European Parliament stripped far-right French lawmaker and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen of parliamentary immunity on Thursday for posting graphic images of victims of the Islamic State extremist group.

France's Fillon slams judges on charges but vows to stay in race

France's embattled conservative presidential hopeful, Francois Fillon, on Wednesday slammed judges who decided to lay charges against him, saying he was the victim of a "political assassination."

Fillon pulls out of French farm fair appearance, announcement awaited

The conservative candidate for the French presidency, Francois Fillon, hit by claims he gave his wife a lucrative fake job, on Wednesday abruptly pulled out of a scheduled visit to the Paris agricultural fair.

National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen fined for Roma comments

The founder of France's far-right National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, had a 5,000-euro (5,300-dollar) fine for inciting racial hatred and discrimination confirmed on appeal on Monday.

French PM slams "irresponsible" Fillon over "near-civil war" comment

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve hit back Monday at conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon, accusing him of being "irresponsible" for saying the race was taking place in a climate of "near-civil war."

Merkel calls for fewer EU regulations as nationalist sentiments grow

As voters in the Netherlands, France and Germany show increasing support for nationalist, euro-sceptic political movements ahead of this year's elections, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for limits on EU regulations.

French prosecutors transfer Fillon case to investigative judge

The French judiciary has opened a formal investigation in connection with presidential candidate Francois Fillon to examine whether the employment of his wife as a parliamentary employee was a sham, the country's financial prosecutors' office said Friday.

Source: Le Pen defied police summons in assistants' pay enquiry

Marine Le Pen failed to appear for a summons for police questioning on Wednesday, a source close to the investigations has told dpa.

Le Pen promises independent foreign policy, autonomous defence

Marine Le Pen promised Thursday that if elected president of France she would ensure it had a truly independent foreign policy as well as an autonomous capacity for self-defence.

Le Pen's chief of staff indicted in European Parliament jobs probe

The chief of staff of Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate for president in upcoming French elections, was indicted Wednesday over allegations of irregular reimbursements from the European Parliament, a judicial source told dpa.

Reformist Macron wins support of key centrist leader for French vote

France's reformist presidential hopeful, Emmanuel Macron, got a boost on Wednesday when he picked up the support of a party leader whose centrist constituency played a pivotal role in the last two presidential elections.

French police raid National Front over European Parliament payments

France's far-right National Front Monday said that investigators had searched its offices in relation to allegations that it misused European Parliament funds.

Le Pen says al-Assad is better solution for Syria than Islamic State

France's far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said Monday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remains the more reassuring solution for France than Islamic State.

French centrist Macron calls for 'zero tolerance' approach to crime

Emmanuel Macron, the centrist candidate in France's presidential election, Friday called for "zero tolerance" towards both crime and police abuses.

Le Pen on defensive over alleged fictional job contract for aide

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen was forced onto the defensive Friday over allegations she had claimed undue expenses, with the EU's anti-fraud office saying she had submitted an "entirely fictional employment contract" for an aide.

French prosecutors won't close case against presidency hopeful Fillon

The conservative candidate for the French presidency, Francois Fillon, suffered a new setback on Thursday when prosecutors said they would not drop investigations into claims he gave his wife a lucrative fake job paid from public funds.

After US, French campaigners accuse Russia of influencing vote

Weeks after US intelligence services accused Russia of attempting to influence their country's elections in favour of Donald Trump, backers of a front runner for the French presidency have accused Moscow of interfering in that race too.

Lawyers for France's Fillon: Investigation into wife's pay is illegal

Lawyers for Francois Fillon attacked state financial prosecutors for their investigations into the employment of the French presidential candidate's wife in parliament.

France's Fillon apologizes as he reveals wife took in 680,000 euros

French presidential candidate Francois Fillon publicly apologized on Monday for employing family members in jobs in the legislature, after two weeks of mounting public pressure.

Le Pen slams EU, migration, Islamic fundamentalism at campaign launch

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen turned fire on the European Union, mass immigration and Islamic fundamentalism as she launched her bid for the French presidency on Sunday in the city of Lyon.

France's National Front renews EU exit promise ahead of poll campaign

France's National Front would hold a referendum on the country's European Union membership if it wins the upcoming presidential elections, according to the party's programme.

France's Le Pen to launch presidential campaign

Far-right politician Marine Le Pen launches her campaign to become French president this weekend, with polls predicting that she will reach the second round in the elections which begin in April.

Wife of French presidential candidate in fresh pay allegations

The wife of French presidential candidate Francois Fillon was paid over 400,000 euros (431,860 dollars) more than first thought for parliamentary aide work she didn't actually do, French media reported Tuesday.

French Socialist Benoit Hamon earns shot at presidency

Hard-left Socialist Party candidate Benoit Hamon claimed an emphatic victory in French presidential primaries on Sunday, finalizing the field of candidates who will go on to compete for the Elysee in late spring.

French voters cast ballots for Socialist presidential nominee

French voters were casting ballots on Sunday in a nationwide primary to choose who will be the Socialists' nominee for president.

French presidential candidate under scrutiny for public pay to wife

Conservative French presidential candidate Francois Filon faced scrutiny Wednesday over reports that his wife earned half a million euros working for him and his successor in parliament.

France's remaining left-wing presidential hopefuls shift strategy

France's two remaining hopefuls for the second round vote of the left-wing primaries kicked their campaigns into high gear Monday, as they launched a head-to-head race for the presidential ticket.

French presidential hopeful at odds with Merkel over refugees

French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday and then gave a speech which criticized her open-door migration policy.

Left-winger and former premier top French primary

Benoit Hamon and Manuel Valls were out in front in France's nationwide primary on Sunday to choose who will be the left wing's nominee for president, with half of votes counted.

French voters cast ballots for left-wing presidential nominee

French voters were casting ballots on Sunday in a nationwide primary to choose who will be the left-wing's nominee for president.

Election campaign of France's Le Pen lacking millions in funds

Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front party, is lacking six million euros (6.2 million dollars) for her presidential election campaign, the lawmaker told French news channel BFMTV on Wednesday.

Conservative Fillon seen by French as most likely to win presidency

Conservative French presidential candidate Francois Fillon is seen by the majority of voters to be the most likely person to enter the Elysee Palace next year, an opinion survey published Sunday showed.

Seven candidates confirmed for French left parties primary

Seven candidates were confirmed Saturday to take part in a primary organized by France's ruling Socialist party and allies, ruling out two politicians who had put their bid forward.

French prime minister steps down to pursue presidential bid

France's Manuel Valls stepped down as prime minister on Tuesday to pursue a bid for the presidency in elections next year, leaving the post to be filled by current Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

France's Manuel Valls to step down as PM to pursue presidency

France's Manual Valls said Monday that he was stepping down as prime minister of the country's Socialist government and was launching a campaign to win the presidency in next year's elections.

Rock bottom in polls, France's Hollande rules out bid for re-election

French President Francois Hollande said Thursday that he will not stand for a second term in next year's election, amid the lowest approval ratings of any president in modern French history.

Top French leaders fighting for Elysee not an option, says spokesman

A presidential primary contest between the top two sitting French leaders is impossible to imagine, said the French government spokesman Monday as the president and the prime minister mull bids in 2017.

Fillon declares victory in French conservative presidential primary

Francois Fillon declared victory in France's conservative primary on Sunday, trouncing his more moderate rival Alain Juppe to become the Les Republicains party candidate for the presidential elections next year.

French voters cast ballots for conservative presidential candidate

French primary voters head to the polls Sunday to cast their ballot in the second round, run-off primary for the candidate to represent conservatives in presidential elections next year.

Russia's Putin praises French presidential hopeful Fillon

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday praised the winner of France's recent Republican presidential primary, Francois Fillon, as a very professional, well-mannered politician.