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Fillon stays in presidential race despite charges
17:16, 1 March 2017
Fillon stays in presidential race despite charges

He confirmed receiving subpoenas to court for March 15, where he may be indicted, stressing that only voters should decide who will become the president of France

17:16, 1 March 2017

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François Fillon, presidential candidate of the Republicans party and ex-Prime Minister of France, noted that he will not quit the presidential race despite possible charges in the case regarding employment of his wife. This was reported by Le Figaro.

"I will not withdraw," Fillon said during the press conference.

He confirmed receiving subpoenas to court for March 15, where he may be indicted, stressing that only voters should decide who will become the president of France. Former Prime Minister rejected all accusations against him.

"I do not admit the accusations. I did not misuse the state funds," he said.

Fillon also drew attention to the fact that the investigation against his wife is being carried out with plenty of law violations. According to the politician, the authorities are intentionally countering his submission as a presidential nominee because the 15 March was chosen deliberately, while March 17 is the deadline for candidates to submit their final applications.

Candidate emphasized he is ready to appear before court and give necessary testimony, describing his version of the events. However he would not leave the post and urged all his supporters to show perseverance.

As it is known, François Fillon and his wife Penelope are accused of illegal acquisition of almost 1 million euro. Le Canard Enchaine announced that candidate’s wife earned almost 500 thousand euro working as husband’s assistant in parliament. However, it was impossible to find witnesses of Penelope Fillon’s activity as an assistant, according to the journalists.

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