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It is what in English we call 'fake news.
Those work contracts ... correspond to work that was effectively carried out.
And, oddly enough, the Socialist party, Mr. Macron and Mr. Hollande pounce on these pseudo-revelations.
Since Penelope Fillon's past activities on behalf of her husband were real, all the documents pertaining to this work are also unquestionably genuine. There's not the slightest forgery in this case.
A limit on illegals you say, but what does that mean? How do you count them? You can always dream up quotas, tickets, or any measure you like, but some will always get through. So what do you do then? Do you throw them into the sea?
No, no, please, play nice Mrs Le Pen, I'm not putting words into your mouth and I don't need a ventriloquist. I can assure you everything's fine and clear for me and when I have something to say, I'll say it clearly, as I always do.
I have to admire your brass neck when you say the campaign has been polluted by the corruption scandals some of us are implicated in. Well, I'm sorry, but not me, and I think I should remind the audience this concerns just two of us up here , Mr Fillon and Madame Le Pen, and the three others have nothing to do with that.
I know you support the idea but a few years ago there were no burkinis on our beaches Mr. Macron. Mr Fillon, you are peddling a Project Fear, the same tactic was used before the Brexit and before the election of Donald Trump.
Can you promise the French people here, tonight, that among your wealthy backers who have financed you and your campaign that there are not several notable representatives from the pharmaceutical, oil and chemical, and banking industries? I'm only asking, that's all. Can you supply an answer?
The real serial killer, is Marine Le Pen with her plan to leave the euro, rampant inflation….
I may have committed some errors, I have faults, who doesn't, but I am experienced.
I completely disagree with Emmanuel Macron who praised the German chancellor when he was in Berlin for (refugee) policies that turned out to be bad policies and which are now criticised by her own allies in Germany.
You are dragging the country towards veritable economic and social chaos, which would lead to the ruin of both borrowers and savers. The way this crisis was handled has created an enormous problem for Europe.
We can't tell François Fillon, Step down, be an example' and have the head of a ministry – what's more, a sovereign one – not apply this to himself.
I may have made mistakes. I have defects. Who doesn't? But I have experience.
I have some flaws. Who hasn't? But I know how to run a small town, a region, a government.
You want to drag the country into social and economic chaos.
I want to put an end to immigration – that's clear. That's called Project Fear, Mr Fillon. It was used before Brexit.
You are lying by twisting the truth.
We were all being told this was going to be a triumph for the extreme right. And yet again the outcome shows that it's the (political) center and right that provide the best bulwark against populism and extremism.
There's only one thing that could prevent me from being candidate. If my honour was affected, if I were put under investigation.
She does whatever she likes with money she earns. If she wants to go on a holiday she goes on a holiday. If she wants to get married she gets married.
I see that my privacy is being investigated… and this treatment is reserved for me. Who is trying to hurt me, I do not know.
They've reached this point ... hooked nose, the alliance of capitalism and Bolsheviks (the red sickle and the cigar) ... Even the [far-right Front National] wouldn't dare.
The use of terms and imagery that draw on antisemitic fantasy is extremely worrying for the quality of debate in the republic but also for the state of mind that prevails in certain [party] headquarters.
I'm a fighter. From where I have come I've learned to fight even when the wind is bad.
I think about the words by Joan of Arc facing her judges, ignore, I ask you. I think of these words today. Ignore, ignore the attacks which are targeting me, ignore because like you, millions of French people, refuse to let their votes be pre-empted and confiscated.
The page has turned.
Hell, they've got to eat just like other people!
Francois Fillon… had a boulevard (to the presidency) in front of him. The instigation of judicial investigations against him and his defence based on a supposed plot and political assassination has brought him to a dead end.
Are we alone? The success of this demonstration shows that my legitimacy as a candidate remains very strong. I can unite (the party) for the campaign and for government… No one can prevent me now from being the candidate.
I believe that my project is supported by a majority of voters from the Right and from the centre and that I demonstrated this today.
The answer is no. I see no reason to do that.
The day I'm recognised as innocent by a judiciary that I have not lost faith in – even if I have reservations about their initial actions – my accusers who were too quick to point the finger will be ashamed of themselves.
It's not just a background noise, it's an absolute orchestra which only speaks about these judicial cases to the detriment once again of the depth of the political debate.
So I'm continuing to campaign, at times I get the impression that I'm the only one doing so.
He needed someone to carry out his tasks. If it hadn't been me, he would have paid someone else to do it, so we decided that it would be me.
We shall show the strength of popular will. Hold firm! France deserves our courage!
No one can stop me from being a candidate. I committed the first error in the past, in asking my wife to work for me. ... I shouldn't have done that. And I committed the second in hesitating about the way to talk about it.
You should not surrender to worry or anger.
He is the only one who can raise France up again.
I committed the first error in the past, in asking my wife to work for me. ... I shouldn't have done that. And I committed the second in hesitating about the way to talk about it.
I told him to continue to the end. Every day I told him that.
They attack me everywhere and I must, in conscience, listen to you, this immense crowd pushing me on. But I must also ask myself about those who doubt and are abandoning the ship. They bear an immense responsibility, as do I.
I have become the target for everything, to denigrate me personally has saturated the news … Even if the accusations against me are unjust, revolting, being misused, I must apologise for having to defend my honour and that of my wife when for you, and for me, the most important thing is to defend our country.
You can't pit the justice of the people against the judges.
We are being extremely careful and we'll have a security cordon of 200 people.
Elites are often more conservative and more prudent than the French people. Our main enemy is ourselves... our harmful tendency to ridicule our own country.
In the first three months, we'll have created a positive shock and launched the powerful dynamic favoring employment.
Thank you. I've known better, and I will know better. I tell you with gravity, don't be fooled, don't let anyone rob you of your choice. I ask you to resist.
We are our own worst enemy.
This campaign is a strange battle. You are brave but you are being intimidated. They are attacking me, but what they are really trying to attack is our national recovery.
The spectacle of this presidential campaign makes me sick. The violence of the public debate is unheard of.
When (Fillon) declared that he would not be candidate if charged, I declared that this is an incoherent statement because in France, there is a principle named presumption of innocence.
I've seen friends leave. In the toughest moments, you hope the sailors will pull the oars with the captain. I'm a sailor and I pull the oars with Captain Fillon.
Don't let anyone deprive you of your choice. I ask you to resist.
I'm among those who use their energy trying to convince Francois Fillon to step down. I'm worried that the French will not let us reach the second round.
We can't have demonstrations in our country, in our Republic, that question our institutions, the work of the judiciary or of the police in the course of an inquiry.
I have been singled out by the judicial system. It's as if I had to be brought down at all costs.
And the far-left will come. That will result in dramatic images.
Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, the machine to grind me down with scoops and rumours has set itself going. But let me tell you, I have no intention of giving in.
Standing before you is a fighter.
I don't know who to vote for anymore. I'm currently living abroad and to tell you the truth, I feel ashamed. We've become a laughing stock. The Socialist party doesn't know where to stand and the right-wing has been plagued by scandals.
I will not give up, I will not surrender, I will not withdraw. I will be in this until the bitter end, because it is not just me who is under threat, it is democracy itself.
Unhappily, I am convinced that Francois Fillon is about to fall. It seems to me that today only he (Juppe), with all his experience, can carry the flame.
It is indeed a political assassination. But through this disproportionate attack, without a known precedent, through the choice of this date, it's not only me they're assassinating, it's the presidential election.
It's part of French political life. It always has been.
To be handed preliminary charges is not proof of guilt. There were many others before him. In any case, he won't be convicted before the elections.
I will not give up, I will not surrender, I will not withdraw. I will be in this until the bitter end, because it is not just me who is under threat, it is democracy itself. I am asking you to be with me. This is not about me, My rights or my innocence, it is about you.
Well, 50 days ahead of (the election)? And by whom?
The guy just wants power ... politicians are all scam artists.
How can the pro-European fanatic Emmanuel Macron hope to be understood by Britain which has voted for Brexit, by Italy who has just said no to the European Union by referendum, by the Netherlands which are getting ready for a victory of the nationalists with my friend Geert Wilders.
The government must ensure that enemies of democracy cease disrupting this presidential campaign.
I remind you that we are in a state of emergency and yet the government is letting this happen. It is necessary that the government ensures that conditions for the smooth running of the elections and that it enforces the rule of law.
I remind you that we are in a state of emergency and yet the government is letting this happen. It is necessary that the government ensures that conditions for the smooth running of the elections and that it enforces the rule of law. The government must ensure that enemies of democracy cease disrupting this presidential campaign.
You are my companions, and with you at my side I can feel your strength that feeds my strength to win. Our determination to fight for France's recovery is more intense than ever.
The step that was taken, our common decision on an alliance that we took together is, in my opinion, a real turning point not only for this campaign, but also for the French political life, because it shows the capacity to go beyond classical divisions of our political life.
Unlike Francois Fillon, I don't believe in a purge and in fixing the country against the people's will. And unlike Benoit Hamon, I don't accept defeat on the jobs front. France must carry out structural reforms: it's good for us and will reassure our partners, and chiefly Germany. If we don't have a brave plan of structural reforms, the Germans won't follow us.
We are in an extremely risky situation, and to tackle this exceptional situation, I think we need an exceptional response. I have decided to offer Emmanuel Macron an alliance. The danger is too big, we must change things. What is at stake with this alliance is to restore hope.
I want to take part in the renewal of politics that Emmanuel Macron has launched.
The French can tell the difference between genuine scandals and political dirty-tricks.
I have no intention of going and hitching myself to a hearse.
I explained clearly that ... Bashar al-Assad was obviously today a much more reassuring solution for France than Islamic State would be if it came to power in Syria, as it has partially taken power in Libya after the disappearance of (Muammar) Gaddafi.
Fillon is still the safe bet. He is taking a tougher stance on immigration.
Based on all the polls, as well as the polarization in France, she has virtually no chance. People argue she can win because they doubt the polls after Brexit and Trump. However, in both cases the margins were much smaller than between Le Pen and Macron or Fillon.
With that as a starting point, we are going to the wall. There are other people in our party who are respectable, young and have the capacity to run the country.
I'd love to be wrong but I can't believe any more because I can see on the ground the reaction of the voters. They don't want to vote for us any more.
He must not give up because he is not the only one in this situation. Here in Reunion there have been several cases…and there always will be. That it how it is. That's democracy.
Rating agencies want to come across as apolitical so if they think that a downgrade is justified they may not wait until after elections. The recent rise in French yields, although modest, could at the margin be stretching debt dynamics. Moreover, if the new president loosens fiscal policy, which most presidential candidates clearly want to do (with the exception of Fillon), that in itself could put France's credit ratings under pressure.
Certainly those 10 to 15 percent who have always bought into that (populist rhetoric) think it's great but the rest, the swing voters who may have gone with the populist last year, I think aren't going with them anymore, particularly in Germany.
I am a little bit more worried about France, perhaps, what Fillon has done recently or what's come out has not been helpful, and the French are good for a revolution. The election of Trump has perhaps created headwind for the populist because the Europeans are a bit shocked by what's coming out of the U.S. at the moment and I sense that they don't really want to follow down that route.
I think all of this clearly plays in Marine's favor. When we ask the people here what their main concerns are, security and immigration clearly come first.
I think all of this clearly plays in Marine's favour.
People are becoming less and less interested in politics. It's a world of sharks out there, one eating the other.
Like France, Chartres is fed up with the traditional political system but it's not only linked with the recent affairs. It's just that the situation in this country has been deteriorating for the past 40 years. Almost everybody has somebody in his family who is out of work.
The French political noise has brought the euro down and that has given the dollar a reprieve, . Markets know that if Trump was to come out and start talking about tax reform and infrastructure spending, the dollar would go up. The dollar rose a long way at the end of last year, it has come back, now we are sitting around waiting for the next steer.
After the difficult first few weeks of the year, we see more strength for the dollar coming through. My goal would still be the euro approaching parity over the course of this year.
"I have decided not to give in to intimidation and pressure. I have chosen to stand in front of the French, to face their judgment,"
Not only does le Canard Enchaine try to cast doubt, wrongly, over the calculation of the net average salary of my wife but it commits numerous errors in analysing information on the pay slips. Only a desire to cause harm can explain this report which is full of lies. I now understand that it was naive to believe that justice would be served sensibly and rapidly.
I have decided not to give in to intimidation and pressure. I have chosen to stand in front of the French, to face their judgement.
I have nothing to hide. All acts described [in the media] are legal and transparent. Where does it leave me morally speaking? I must face up to myself and in reality also to the French people. What was acceptable yesterday is no longer acceptable today. It was an error. I regret it profoundly and I apologize to the French people. Her salary was perfectly justified because her work was indispensable to my activities as an elected official.
She shares my whole life from morning till night and she wonders how I could physically do it! If in dinner-party chatter, or in forwarded emails, you're told that I have a double life, it's my hologram that suddenly escaped, but it can't be me!
The clear disagreement between the two magistrates in charge of the matter is such a rare event that it is worth underlining, as it illustrates the inanity of the decision.
Francois Fillon has told us that he remains the candidate ... I sincerely hope that we don't wake up with a hangover on April 23.
"There is no plan B,". "I am the only candidate who can bring about a national recovery. I am the candidate of the Right and I am here to win". "Her job was vital for my role as an elected official ... All of this was legal,". "It was a mistake, which I deeply regret, and I apologize to the French people,".
I am the only candidate who can bring about a national recovery. I am the candidate of the Right and I am here to win. A new campaign starts this evening. Her job was vital for my role as an elected official ... All of this was legal. It was a mistake, which I deeply regret, and I apologise to the French people.
No is no. I'll say why. Today, let's listen to FF (Francois Fillon), our candidate.
Her salary was perfectly justified because her work was indispensable to my work as an MP (member of parliament). To collaborate with family members in politics was an accepted thing, it is not accepted today. I am sorry and apologize. Tonight a new campaign starts.
I want to tell millions of French people who chose me, no one will steal your choice.
Today we know who will be candidate to the end. We must back him. We have no other choice.
I think there was just a load of position adjustment this morning. There has been a lot of talk about the strong data in Europe but the other backdrop is the politics. A few weeks ago, the market was convinced (conservative presidential candidate Francois) Fillon would win and that certainty has evaporated.
All acts described (in the media) are legal and transparent. It was a mistake. They call this job fictitious.
The exuberance demonstrated in the wake of Trump ordering a review of regulation faded in a lackluster session. Markets are still waiting to hear more from the Trump administration on tax cuts, deregulation and infrastructure. Rising political uncertainty in Europe is also influencing sentiment.
Yes, I employed my wife as an aide.
"Nothing will turn me from my duty to be candidate in the presidential election,". "What was acceptable yesterday ... is not today,". "It was a mistake. I deeply regret it and I present my excuses to the French". "They call this job fictitious,". "Her salary was perfectly justified because her work was indispensable to my activities as an elected official,".
Hold the line. We'll get through this ordeal together and march on to victory.
We need to change tactics, strategy. We're like the orchestra on the Titanic as it sinks.
I want justice to be done quickly. But I cannot deny that I'm really angry. I'm in a cold rage against these hounds, who are pleased with their demolition work.
The likely withdrawal of Mr Fillon from the presidential race not only eliminates a pragmatic pro-business candidate but also puts the whole traditional right in disarray and thus in a dismal position to face the election. The most obvious beneficiaries are the candidates and parties that vocally contest the status quo, led by Marine Le Pen. Their economic agendas are worrying enough to probably explain an increase in France's risk premium.
It reflects the increasing polarization of the election, namely the growing political and event risk. Not only has a far-left candidate won the primary for the Left despite wide expectations of a more moderate candidate coming through, but the far-right candidate has announced that she will table a bill for France to leave the euro, if elected.
People are not seeking justice. They are seeking to destroy me, and beyond me to destroy the Right and steal an election.
"We need to change tactics, strategy,"
When I was a Senator I occasionally paid my two sons for legal work that they were qualified to do. It was and is within the law, so legal.
We're like the orchestra on the Titanic as it sinks. The only line of defence is the facts, not who started off the scandal.
"The France (bond yield) spread to Belgium is the gauge we use for political risk, and that has widened further after an adviser to Le Pen fleshed out their Frexit plans,"
The France spread to Belgium is the gauge we use for political risk, and that has widened further after an adviser to Le Pen fleshed out their Frexit plans. And with Fillon under the microscope as well, France is definitely underperforming.
These accusations are hitting at the load-bearing wall of his popularity.
I'm confident, I'm unfazed.
I am the victim of a smear campaign.
Francois Fillon had no constituency office while he was a member of parliament. That role was filled from their home, and in your view who is at home ... if there is no office? Penelope Fillon of course.
Working as a parliamentary assistant is not about writing up notes ... and summaries, it is also sometimes less tangible, less concrete but as real. It's being the person one trusts.
This is harming him both in his bid to get to the Elysee (presidential palace) and also for his calls for the French to agree to tighten their belts for the sake of the recovery of the French economy.
Facing the anesthesia camp, I am the labour and purchasing power candidate, because a country that works more, earns more.
We are ready, resolute, organised, but beyond my campaign I've been preparing my five-year term during these long months.
Three months before the presidential elections, and coincidentally, a scandal has erupted. Through Penelope, they try to destroy me. I am afraid of nothing. I have a solid backbone. If they want to attack me, they can attack me straight in the eye, but they should leave my wife out of this political debate.
If we continue to try to destroy credible candidates in the presidential election, this is how it will end. I had no idea it would be so violent and drop that low.
We now know these two different Lefts cannot govern together. It will be harder than ever to cohabit. This is why it's true, we can say they have become irreconcilable.
I really don't mind, he spends the money (given to lawmakers) as he likes. And nothing's been proven.
They all do the same anyway, so why target him?
I had no idea it would be so violent and drop that low.
A runoff without Francois Fillon is no longer ruled out. What boosts Emmanuel Macron's momentum is above all Penelopegate.
Without the work my wife carried out I would not be where I am now.
Are we going to allow a fake scandal dictate the agenda of Francois Fillon, one of the best-placed candidates? No way.
MPs should no longer be allowed to hire their children, cousins, relatives or wives.
It's a pity that it should bring discredit upon all the people who work here, MPs and their collaborators, especially when they work hard and they don't count their hours each week.
I see the stink bomb season has started.
You can't be the candidate of honesty and transparency and not respond.
It is common practice that the spouses of parliamentarians are their employees, on the left as well as on the right.
But he hasn't got a party machine behind him, he's very dependent on pulling towards him a few well-known figures of the center-left.
Certainly, Macron has been the man of this year so far. He's definitely the man on the wave.
You've got Marine Le Pen steady on 28 percent for the first round but not really increasing that, and then you've got Macron coming up, you've got (Jean-Luc) Melenchon ? who is kind of hard left ? and if the socialists get a candidate they don't like, a lot of them may vote for Melenchon, so you really have an enormous mix here.
Governing France is going to be very difficult, because you've got an election now which is really all over the place. You've got Francois Fillon, the old-fashioned conservative man who appeals to the provincial catholic conservative vote but is promising to bring in Thatcherite economic measures which his electorate will not like very much.
In a sense Macron is not running for this election, he is running for the next presidential election.
I am convinced that the economic sanctions are totally ineffective. We must find another way to talk. I do not want (U.S. President Donald) Trump to talk with Russia at our expense. It would be damaging for Europe if Trump went above our heads, which is not inconceivable.
Francois Fillon has the best answers for the challenges we face: security, solidarity, competitiveness, education and innovation.