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French conservative Fillon cancels appearance, set to make announcement

Lionel Bonaventure, AFP | French presidential candidate François Fillon arrives for a meeting with cheese producers in the town of Meaux on February 27, 2017.

French presidential candidate François Fillon on Wednesday will make an announcement from his campaign’s headquarters, amid legal investigations that have hurt his presidential bid.


Several French political reporters said Fillon would make an unexpected announcement at noon on Wednesday, following a last-minute announcement from the candidate’s campaign that he was postponing a visit to the annual Paris farm fair.

“The visit by François Fillon this morning to the international agricultural salon has been postponed,” said a statement from Fillon’s team, which gave no reason for the change in schedule.

The annual Paris farm fair traditionally marks an obligatory pit-stop for French presidential candidates, given the importance of winning votes in France’s rural communities.

Fillon’s rating in opinion polls has fallen after French authorities launched an inquiry into allegations that he paid family members for fake parliamentary jobs.

French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche reported that French judges summoned Fillon on Wednesday morning, but did not specify when the candidate would appear before them.

The conservative presidential nominee has denied any wrongdoing, but has previously declared he would quit the race if placed under formal investigation over the scandal.


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