The former candidate for presidents of France from the party “the Republicans” Fillon said at a meeting with voters in Paris that he intends to retire from political life in and out of the party, according to BFM TV.
“I’m leaving, again become an ordinary fighter, the same as the other, which is, however, not succumb to reality,” said Fillon. He also said he was not going to participate in the elections to the National Assembly, which will be held in the country in June.
The first round of presidential elections in France took place on 23 April. According to its results, the lead candidate from the party of “Forward!” the ex-Minister of the economy Emmanuel macron, who managed to score 24,01% of the vote. The leader of the party “national front” marine Le Pen is in second place with a score of 21.3%.
Former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon has long been considered as the favorite of the race and was leading in the polls, but amid a political scandal involving accusations of his wife Penelope in the fictitious employment on the position of his assistant and the illegal receipt of salary, managed to score only 19,91% of the vote. Fillon conceded defeat in the election and announced that he would vote for the Macron.
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Addressing the voters, who will vote during the second round of presidential elections on may 7, Fillon urged them to follow “common sense” when voting. “The program of the “National front” in the economic sphere will inevitably bring ruin to France,” he said, and urged the centrist and right-wing in the ranks of “Republicans” to unite in the face of the party of marine Le Pen.
“The right-wing and centrists — we confess the same values, and only they have the sense to protect them,” said Fillon. “We must remain United, standing for Parliament, each under its own flag. You have to fight for their ideals and beliefs, and not for reclining seats in the National Assembly,” he said.
The second round of presidential elections in France will take place on 7 may.