Top French party officials 'unanimously back' Fillon candidacy | Reuters

PARIS An emergency meeting of the French conservative party's leadership unanimously backed Francois Fillon as candidate for the presidential election, Senate leader Gerard Larcher said, despite a scandal over alleged misuse of public funds.The leader of the conservative The Republicans' party, Bernard Accoyer, confirmed the deal, saying the party had reunited and was re-launching Fillon's campaign.

Former French prime minister Alain Juppe had earlier on Monday ruled out replacing scandal-hit Fillon in the coming presidential election but offered no alternative candidates.

(Reporting by Sophie Louet; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Adrian Croft)

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Updated Date: Mar 07, 2017 01:47 AM

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