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Francois Fillon (R) former French prime minister, member of The Republicans political party and 2017 presidential candidate of the French centre-right, reacts as he sits by his wife Penelope Fillon as they attend a political rally in Paris, France, January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

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PARIS (Reuters) - French presidential frontunner Francois Fillon and his wife Penelope were being questioned by investigators on Monday following press allegations that she was paid for fake jobs, a source close to the probe told Reuters.

Francois Fillon had said after the probe was opened last week that he wanted to be heard by the investigators. Such questioning is a normal step in a preliminary probe and not a sign of culpability.

The source confirmed an earlier report by BFM TV.

(Reporting by Chine Labbe and Gerard Bon; Writing by Michel Rose; Editing by Ingrid Melander)

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