French magistrate to investigate Francois Fillon

Fillon has denied any wrongdoing and says his wife was paid hundreds of thousands of euros for genuine work as his parliamentary assistant, though he has acknowledged giving her the work was an error of judgment.

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"I believe that regardless of who will be elected, whether it will be [Emmanuel] Macron, [Francois] Fillon, [Marine] Le Pen, the relations between Russian Federation and France will change", di Borgo said, adding that it was necessary to improve their current state.

Ms Le Pen promised to tighten immigration, push for a stronger role of the state in business, and introduce a seven-year non-renewable presidential mandate to replace the current five-year mandate.

According to Le Canard Enchaine, they drew pay cheques not for assignments, but for two full-time jobs.

She accused the ex-economy minister of wanting to create a "migrant motorway" between France and north Africa, adding that "financial interests and their intermediaries in the media" had clearly taken his side.

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Fillon had previously said he would drop out of the race if he was put under official investigation.

It is legal for French MPs to hire family members, as long as the person is genuinely employed.

The escalation is another blow to the conservative candidate whose status as favorite to win the presidency has faded since the "Penelopegate" affair - named after Fillon's wife - first surfaced a month ago.

In an Ifop-Fiducial poll for Paris Match published on Monday, Macron, a 39-year-old former banker, is now seen gathering 24.5 percent of the votes in the first round, up one percentage point on a previous poll on Friday, below Le Pen's 26 percent but well ahead of Fillon's 20 percent.

The AFP also links the unpredictability of the election to an "unstable global picture - from Donald Trump and Brexit to the surge of rightwing nationalism in countries such as the Netherlands - being mirrored by an anti-establishment mood in France".

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