The party of Fillon has confirmed its status of a candidate in the presidential elections

Francois Fillon

The leadership of the French party the “Republicans” at the end of an emergency meeting has confirmed its position on support of the candidate for the presidential election Francois Fillon. About it reports Reuters.

The decision was taken despite unfolding around Fillon scandal about misuse of state funds allocated to pay employees.

Party leader Bernard acquaye stressed that the party has been United in support of a campaign visit.

Earlier on Monday, March 6, former Prime Minister of France and mayor of Bordeaux Alain Juppe refused to replace Fillon as a candidate.

March 5, Fillon said he did not intend to refuse participation in elections. Before that, one of the prominent figures of the “Republicans” Christian Estrosi hinted at a possible replacement candidate. In his opinion, the right-wing campaign is doomed to failure and can no longer continue in this spirit.

On the same day it became known that, according to the poll, more than 70 percent of the French believe that Fillon should withdraw from the presidential race.

Against the Fillon on 24 February the financial Prosecutor’s office opened an investigation in connection with allegations of fictitious employment of the spouse as the assistant.