The entourage of the former President of France Nicolas Sarkozy intends to invite the candidate for the French presidency from the party “the Republicans” françois Fillon to withdraw his candidacy from the election, Reuters reported, citing its sources in the party.
According to the newspaper, Republicans close to the former President Sarkozy, are going to ask one of the most influential members of the party, Christian Jacob to meet with Francois Fillon, that he voiced his request.
Meanwhile, the ex-President of France Nicolas Sarkozy invited the presidential candidate Francois Fillon and the mayor of Bordeaux Alain Juppe to meet and discuss possible output of “Republicans” from the party crisis caused by the scandal around the election campaign of Fillon. The corresponding statement he published in his Twitter.
According to Sarkozy, “lack of unity” in the party ranks created fertile ground for the victory of the “far right”. “So I suggest Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe to come together in order to find a decent and reliable out of the situation, which creates problems for the French,” wrote Sarkozy.
Former Prime Minister of France and mayor of Bordeaux Alain juppé, who was the main rival of Fillon during the primaries, “Republicans”, has repeatedly said he does not intend to nominate a candidate for an alternative party candidate for President of France. “I confirm, once and for all, that I am not a candidate,” said juppé during his televised address on Monday, March 6, betrays Reuters.
The scandal surrounding the candidate in presidents of France from the party “the Republicans” françois Fillon erupted after the publication in the satirical newspaper Canard enchaine, which asserted that his wife of eight years had been in Parliament a salary as assistant Fillon, however, their responsibilities are not fulfilled.
Despite the accusations and searches, which took place in his house, Fillon to withdraw his candidacy from the elections of the President of France refused and said he would fight to the end.
The first round of presidential elections in France will take place on April 23. If necessary, the poll will take place on 7 may.