Former French PM Fillon faces new financial misconduct inquiry

PARIS: Former French prime minister François Fillon, who is appealing a five-year jail sentence for embezzling public funds, is under investigation again by financial prosecutors over payments to an assistant, his lawyer said on Friday. Lawyer Antonin Levy accused the National Financial Prosecutor’s (PNF) office of a witch-hunt and said Fillon, who served as premier under Nicolas Sarkozy from 2007-2012, had committed no wrongdoing. – Reuters/AP