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Top French party officials 'unanimously back' Fillon candidacy
March 6, 2017 / 7:01 PM / 8 months ago

Top French party officials 'unanimously back' Fillon candidacy

PARIS (Reuters) - An emergency meeting of the French conservative party’s leadership unanimously backed Francois Fillon as candidate for the presidential election, Senate leader Gerard Larcher said, despite a scandal over alleged misuse of public funds.

Francois Fillon, former French prime minister, member of the Republicans political party and 2017 presidential election candidate of the French centre-right reacts after delivering a speech in front of small business leaders in Puteaux, France, March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

The leader of the conservative The Republicans’ party, Bernard Accoyer, confirmed the deal, saying the party had reunited and was re-launching Fillon’s campaign.

Former French prime minister Alain Juppe had earlier on Monday ruled out replacing scandal-hit Fillon in the coming presidential election but offered no alternative candidates.

Reporting by Sophie Louet; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Adrian Croft

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