French candidate Fillon's wife charged in fake job scandal

French presidential candidate Francois Fillon's wife, Penelope, seen her outside her Paris apartment, has also been charged in the fake jobs affair

Penelope Fillon, wife of France's conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon, was charged Tuesday with complicity in the abuse of public funds in a scandal that has engulfed her husband's campaign, a judicial source said.

Francois Fillon has already been charged in the case involving allegedly fictitious jobs as a parliamentary aide for which his Welsh-born wife Penelope was paid hundreds of thousands of euros.

The charges in the scandal dubbed "Penelopegate" also relate to a job she had at a literary magazine owned by a billionaire friend of the couple for which she allegedly did little or no actual work.

The new blow to the campaign comes less than four weeks before French voters go to the polls in a two-stage election on April 23 and May 7.