Is France’s Chaotic Presidential Election Just the Prelude to Political Instability?

Francois Fillon and his wife, Penelope, during a rally, Paris, March 5, 2017 (AP photo by Christophe Ena).
Francois Fillon and his wife, Penelope, during a rally, Paris, March 5, 2017 (AP photo by Christophe Ena).

PARIS — France’s presidential election veered further toward chaos and uncertainty this past week, when it was announced that Francois Fillon, the embattled nominee of the conservative Republicans party, will very likely be formally investigated for hiring his wife as an assistant while he was in parliament. That alone was not illegal, but there is no evidence she did any of the work for which she was handsomely paid. Back in early February, when the scandal broke, Fillon promised to withdraw from the race if an investigation was formally opened. In response to pressure from party leaders to immediately replace […]

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