Centre-right Republicans to Resolve Crisis over Presidential Candidate Francois Fillon

  • Centre-right Republicans to meet and Resolve Crisis over Presidential Candidate

    March 6, 2017: As per reports, centre-right republicans of France are going to meet on Monday evening with an aim to solve the crisis over their presidential candidate Francois Fillon.

    Alain Juppe, who will replace Fillon if he withdraws, is going to make a statement at 10:30 (09:30 GMT).

    Reports say that Republican heavyweights at the party meeting will try to minimize the increasing gaps between their candidate and his former rivals. They will also find a way out of it.

    The coming hours may see many of the senior figures announcing their support for Juppe's nomination.


    Fillon's Home Raided as Part of Investigation

    March 3, 2017: Reports revealed that investigators have raided French conservative party candidate Francois Fillon's Paris home, as a part of the investigation process.

    His parliamentary office was searched last month.

    Fillon has denied all the allegations of giving a fake job to his wife. Though he has been pressurized to step down, he has promised to continue his presidential campaign.

    Ever since this scandal has emerged, his poll ratings have dropped drastically.


    Francois Fillon under Formal Investigation 

    March 1, 2017: Francois Fillon, the French centre-right presidential candidate who for weeks fought allegations that his wife did not do any work but was paid, has said that he was being placed under a formal investigation by a judge.

    He has been asked to be present before the judge, Serge Tournaire, on 15 March.

    Fillon said that he will tell the truth to the judge as he respects the order. He also said that he will fight till the end and requested voters to follow him.