The candidate in presidents of France from the party “the Republicans” Francois Fillon, using his previous experience as Prime Minister of the country, for money, met a Lebanese billionaire with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne. It is reported BFMTV with reference to the weekly Le Canard enchaîné.
According to the publication, both meetings took place in St. Petersburg during the St. Petersburg international economic forum (SPIEF) in June 2015.
According to the newspaper, owned by Fillon consulting company 2 °F Conseil in the beginning of 2015, signed a contract with the Future Pipe Industries — pipeline giant under the leadership of the Lebanese billionaire Fouad Makhzoumi. According to the contract, Fillon former Prime Minister had to organize a billionaire meetings with heads of state and business.
In particular, as the newspaper writes, Fillon for $50 million helped to arrange Makhzoumi meeting with Putin at SPIEF 2015. There was held a meeting of the Lebanese billionaire with the head of Total.
Fillon was Prime Minister of France under President Nicolas Sarkozy. The post of Prime Minister he held from 2007 to 2012.
Why Francois Fillon refuses to withdraw from the race
Popular French weekly Le Canard enchaîné in its time published the first “dirt” on the visit which resulted in a criminal case. We are talking about suspicions of fictitious employment of the spouse of Fillon. Le Figaro adds that the case against the Fillon can replenish with new charges of “fraud under aggravating circumstances and forgery, using fake documents”.
Prosecutors in France opened a formal investigation against the Fillon in mid-March. Candidate is suspected that he, being a Deputy of the French Parliament, fictitiously gave the wife his assistant. On the background of the events Fillon refused to withdraw his candidacy and continues to participate in the presidential race.