Fillon’s Approval Rating Dives After French Prosecutors’ Probe

The popularity of French presidential candidate Francois Fillon took a hit following revelations that he’s being probed for graft.

Fillon’s approval rating dropped to 38 percent, according to an Odoxa poll for France Info television. The last time the poll was conducted, in early November, 54 percent had a positive opinion of the candidate of the center-right Republicans. The poll was carried out Thursday with 1,012 people questioned by online. No margin of error was given.

Paris prosecutors Wednesday opened a probe into whether Fillon’s wife actually did any work while being paid as his parliamentary aide. Fillon has said her work was real and yesterday his lawyer deposited documents with investigators.

“Even among his base, the damage is visible,” Odoxa said in a comment on its poll.

According to the survey, 76 percent of voters want France’s parliament to follow the European assembly’s lead and bar lawmakers from hiring family members.

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