Fillon's campaign relaunch stymied by gifts of luxury suits

PARIS Francois Fillon, favourite to win France’s presidential election until he was hit by allegations of financial impropriety, sought on Monday to revive a faltering campaign, but found himself on the defensive again, this time over gifts of expensive suits.

The 63-year-old former prime minister, already hit by graver accusations that he paid his wife and children lavish amounts of public funds for little work, launched a media offensive to promote an economic programme based on drastic public spending cuts.

He has already slipped from first to third place in opinion polls, a

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