SARKOZY CAMP ASKS FRANCE’S FILLON TO REPLACE HIMSELF AS CANDIDATE

SARKOZY CAMP ASKS FRANCE’S FILLON TO REPLACE HIMSELF AS CANDIDATE

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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 delivers a speech in front of small business leaders in Puteaux

(Reuters) Allies of conservative former French president Nicolas Sarkozy are asking beleaguered presidential candidate Francois Fillon to find a replacement candidate, according to a Sarkozy ally present at a meeting on the issue on Monday.

The meeting of Sarkozy allies agreed to ask Christian Jacob, a prominent member of The Republicans conservative party, to meet erstwhile election race frontrunner Fillon – who is engulfed by a financial scandal – to present the demand, the ally, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters.

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