(FILES) This file photo taken on November 25, 2016 shows Francois Fillon, candidate for the right-wing primaries ahead of the 2017 presidential election poses for a photo session in Paris.Francois Fillon, a conservative reformist promising to shrink the French state, on November 27, 2016 clinched the rightwing nomination for next year’s presidential election with a resounding victory over his rival Alain Juppe. Ex-prime minister Fillon, 62, will now become a favourite to be France’s next leader after winning the US-style primary to pick the nominee of the Republicans party and its allies.
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French presidential candidate Francois Fillon has been put under formal investigation over the misuse of public funds. In January Fillon said he would step down if he was charged.