Fillon camp defies President Hollande over planned Paris demonstration

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Francois Fillon, former French prime minister, member of the Republicans political party and 2017 presidential election candidate of the French centre-right, attends a political rally in Nimes, France March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
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PARIS (Reuters) – A planned demonstration in support of Francois Fillon will be an “important moment” in France’s presidential race, a lawmaker backing the scandal-hit candidate said, and will go ahead on Sunday in defiance of the sitting president’s wishes.

Fillon this week promised to fight “to the end” despite a deepening financial scandal that he said will see him placed under formal investigation later this month. He complained of judicial and media bias that amounted to a “political assassination”.

The former prime minister’s attacks have drawn criticism from President Francois Hollande who said late on Thursday that the rally near a central Paris square dedicated to human rights should not go ahead.

“You will see there will be tens of thousands,” said conservative senator Bruno Retailleau on Europe 1 radio. “Sunday will be an important date, an important moment.”

Allegations that Fillon paid his wife hundreds of thousands of euros in taxpayers’ money for work she may not have done have damaged his reputation as an honest politician and blown the one-time election favourite’s campaign badly off course.

Opinion polls show far-right leader Marine Le Pen and independent centrist challenger Emmanuel Macron as the frontrunners, with the former investment banker and ex-economy minister favourite to win a runoff vote.

Fillon this week repeated his denials of wrongdoing and has stepped up his attacks against the judiciary.

“I have been singled out by the judicial system. It’s as if I had to be brought down at all costs,” he said in an interview with the newspaper Midi Libre on Thursday.

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His attacks and sliding popularity have caused some of his key supporters to abandon his campaign.   Continued…

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Source – Reuters

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