Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE DEBATE

Game Changer? Middle East Diplomacy after Trump's Jerusalem Move

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Exclusive: Niger's president warns Malian state 'could collapse'

Read more

FOCUS

USA: Voters speak out ahead of high-stakes Alabama Senate race

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Readying the eurozone for future storms: EU Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Russian influence, reforms, corruption: Challenges for Europe's Eastern partners

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

Kidnapped and sold in Libya: Our Observer's story

Read more

ENCORE!

Music show: Son Little, Eminem, N.E.R.D & 'adieu' Johnny Hallyday

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

WTO meets in Buenos Aires under cloud of US protectionism

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Macron Presses Netanyahu on Jerusalem

Read more

France

'No one can stop me' standing in French election, says Fillon

© Jacques DEMARTHON AFP | French presidential election candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party Francois Fillon waits prior to take part in a broadcast interview at France 2 on Sunday night

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-03-06

Scandal-hit French conservative candidate François Fillon said Sunday "no one" could stop him standing in the presidential election despite calls from his own party to quit over an expenses scandal.

"No one today can prevent me being a candidate," Fillon said in a TV interview with France 2, in which he again said a probe into allegations he gave his wife a highly-paid fake parliamentary job was politically motivated.

"Of course it is aimed at stopping me being a candidate," Fillon said of the probe in which he is to be charged on March 15.

'I believe Fillon is the one the Left most fears'

Asked if he would bow to calls from within his own Republicans party to withdraw, Fillon said: "My answer is 'no'."

Fillon was the frontrunner in the race until the fake jobs allegations were made in mid-January.

He has since lost support and polls currently show he risks being knocked out in the first round on April 23 with far-right leader Marine Le Pen and 39-year-old centrist Emmanuel Macron progressing to the runoff two weeks later.

(AFP)
 

Date created : 2017-03-05

  • FRANCE

    Fillon says his future is in the hands of supporters at huge Paris rally

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Pro- and anti-Fillon rallies held in Paris amid ‘fake jobs’ scandal

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Wife of France’s embattled Fillon insists she worked for him

    Read more

COMMENT(S)