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Scandal-hit Fillon secures backing of party
Mar 7, 2017 - The Daily Telegraph (London)

FRANCE'S mainstream Right enacted a spectacular U-turn last night by unanimously backing its scandal-struck presidential candidate François Fillon and declaring a bitter battle to replace him "now closed".

The coup de théâtre came after a crisis meeting of top members of the conservative Les Républicains party, many of whom had been piling pressure on Mr Fillon to step down over allegations that he had misused public funds to pay his British wife hundreds of thousands of euros for a jo

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