PARIS – A French justice official said judges who are looking into alleged fake jobs arranged by French presidential candidate Francois Fillon will extend their investigation to the expensive suits he received as a gift by an unidentified benefactor.
The official spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation.
Five days ago, the Journal du Dimanche newspaper suggested a possible conflict of interest around the suits, which were bought at a pricey Parisian boutique, saying they were worth more than 48,000 euros ($52,000) over the past five years — including two suits worth 13,000 euros ($14,000) last month.
Fillon, a conservative, is facing charges for taxpayer-funded jobs his wife and children received but allegedly never performed.
He has vowed to keep campaigning for France's two-round, April-May presidential election.