Former French President to be investigated

Fillon's lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.

Mr Fillon has said that magistrates are likely to put him officially under investigation on counts of suspected misuse of public funds.

Two of the couple's children, Marie and Charles, have also been interviewed by investigators over claims they held "fake jobs".

Conservative French presidential candidate Francois Fillon during a visit to the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin in January.

The first round of the election will take place on April 23, while the run-off is scheduled for May 7.

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Le Pen, who also is facing probes into her team's alleged false job contracts and into her wealth, has put Fillon and Macron's lifestyle at the heart of her attacks.

Later, Fillon admitted to employing his family members, but has denied any wrongdoing.

Once a frontrunner seen as a shoo-in for the presidency, Fillon has seen his ratings tumble under the impact of the scandal, known as Penelope-gate, after his wife's name.

Fillon's wife Penelope was paid some 830,000 euros ($900,000) over 15 years while employed as his and his replacement's assistant in Parliament.

Fillon's family members insist they did the work for which they were generously paid.

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Fillon initially said he would quit the presidential race if he were charged.

This is the moment that Francois Fillon feared, but which he knew was probably coming, the BBC's Hugh Schofield in Paris reports.

Fillon's troubles deepened as more details related to the scandal emerged this week, tarnishing his carefully cultivated image as a sober and sensible custodian of France's future.

Although Macron's name isn't mentioned, French prosecutors Tuesday opened a preliminary investigation into suspected favoritism surrounding an event in Las Vegas promoted by Macron a year ago.

Hamon, 49, was charged past year with making public insults for calling Nicolas Miguet, a little-known presidential candidate who was fined for conflict of interest in a business deal, a "crook".

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The glitzy event at the CES electronics fair was organized without a public tender by a unit within the economy ministry, which was then headed by Macron. Polls show that he could risk being knocked out in the first round vote in April, behind the far-right Front National's Marine Le Pen and the independent centrist Emmanuel Macron.


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