France’s presidential campaigns may be in full swing, but the front-runners are both caught up in financial scandals.
The leader of the far-right French National Front political party, Marine Le Pen, says she will not repay the $321,000 that the European Parliament says she misspent.
She’s accused of using EU taxpayers’ money to pay staff, but Le Pen says she’s the victim of a politically-motivated vendetta.
The presidential candidate for the centre-right party The Republicans is also facing questions over his finances.
Anti-corruption police raided Francois Fillon’s office over allegations that his wife Penelope was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by the state for work she did not do. A local newspaper has reported she may have been paid even more than previously thought.
Fillon has called it an institutional coup d’etat against his presidency bid.