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French Court Probes Leave Le Pen Unscathed as Fillon Bid Falters

  • Republican Fillon has seen his support dented by investigation
  • Le Pen defies authorities with anti-establishment rhetoric

Prosecutors’ interventions in the French election have so far done more damage to the establishment’s one-time champion than the nationalist firebrand vowing to overthrow the system.

The Republican Francois Fillon and National Front leader Marine Le Pen both say the criminal probes they face are political plots against them, but it’s only Fillon, a church-going 62-year-old former prime minister, who has been set back by the allegations. Le Pen’s suspected misuse of her allowance from the European Parliament hasn’t hurt her at all.