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Scandal-hit Fillon gains party's backing
Mar 7, 2017 - The Daily Telegraph (London)

France's mainstream Right enacted a spectacular about-turn last night by unanimously backing its presidential candidate François Fillon and declaring a bitter battle to replace him "now closed". The coup de théâtre came after a crisis meeting Les Républicains, many of whom had been piling pressure on Mr Fillon to step down over allegations that he had paid his British wife hundreds of thousands of euros for a job she did not do.

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