French presidential election candidate Francois Fillon has insisted he has nothing to hide regarding payments given to his wife for work she allegedly never performed during her time as a parliamentary aide to her husband.
Reports have emerged claiming Penelope Fillon, wife to the Conservative party candidate, was paid thousands of euros over the course of 15 years despite never actually working as an assistant to her spouse.
The controversy titled “Penelopegate” has since been expanded to include two of the couple’s children, although Fillon has said everything is above board:
“For 32 years, I have worked for my country without ever disrespecting the law. What was acceptable yesterday is no longer acceptable today. Working with your own family is now a practice that has been rejected.”
Fillon did, however, apologise for employing his wife and children in the first place, admitting that it was a mistake to use his position to do so, per The Local.