SUIT FLAP: Beleaguered French presidential candidate François Fillon made headlines once more on Sunday, however this time with allegations of a sartorial nature.
The politician, who represents the fitting-wing Les Républicains occasion, is the protagonist of a function story in Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper, whose headline reads: “Qui a payé les costumes de François Fillon?” (or “Who paid for François Fillon’s fits?”).
In response to the article, Fillon has lengthy been a consumer of the tony males’s put on maker Arnys, as have been François Mitterrand, Andy Warhol, François Truffot and Marcello Mastroianni earlier than him. (Arnys since 2012 has been owned by LVMH Möet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, which utilized the boys’s agency’s experience into Berluti’s enlargement drive.)
“However who pays for his made-to-measure fits, blazers and trousers? In response to our data, since 2012, the previous prime minister was gifted nearly 48,500 euros [or $51,773 at current exchange] of clothes. Of that, 35,500 euros [or $37,895] appeared to have been paid in money.”
The paper wrote that on Feb. 20 two fits have been paid for by a buddy with a examine for 13,000 euros, or $13,877.
The report in regards to the pricy presents to Fillon — a vocal proponent of French individuals making “sacrifices” — was being picked up and circulated wildly by different French media by Sunday afternoon.
The conservative candidate has been dealing with quite a few scandals. Earlier this month it was reported he had not declared a 50,000 euro, or $53,374, mortgage from a buddy. Making a fair larger splash was the allegation that Fillon had paid his spouse lots of of hundreds of euros from public funding for pretend jobs. He's meant to be heard on Wednesday by a French choose.
Residents of France go to the polls on April 23 for the primary stage of a two-spherical vote for his or her subsequent president.