Francois Fillon Faces Pressure To Drop Out Of French Presidential Race

Francois Fillon Faces Pressure To Drop Out Of French Presidential Race

And all opinion polls indicate that the scandal over the terrorist pictures and separate accusations of alleged financial malpractices in her far-right National Front party would make no difference to the lead which she now enjoys in the electoral campaign.

It's clear that Le Pen's intent was not to antagonize Mr. Foley's family - her acceptance of their distress and distaste at the image's distribution, although widely available elsewhere online, led Le Pen to, respectfully, delete the tweet.

The poll showed Macron going on to beat Le Pen in the second round with 63 percent of votes.

The chances for such an outcome look real: Polls show the leading candidates in the Netherlands and France have included Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen, both of whom share Mr. Trump's anti- immigrant and anti-Muslim agenda, along with antipathy toward the European Union and, in the case of Ms. Le Pen, admiration for Russia's Vladimir Putin.

PARIS French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday he would ban lawmakers from employing family members and from carrying out consulting activities, seizing on his conservative rival's legal troubles to project a clean image.

Accusations that Fillon gave bogus parliamentary jobs to his wife Penelope have engulfed his tilt for power.

Ms Le Pen's party is accused of misusing more than €300,000 (£257,000; $321,000) of European Parliament funding.

French independent presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron says he wants tight security cooperation with the US despite his ideological differences with Donald Trump.

"I have not been treated like an ordinary citizen", said Fillon as he slammed the timing and speed of the investigation against him.

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"In a fragile country like ours, it's not wise to call a protest against the institutions", former Republican primaries contender Jean-Frederic Poisson said on RMC radio Friday.

As the defections mounted, seven weeks before the first round of the two-stage vote takes place on April 23, the entourage of 71-year-old veteran Alain Juppe said he was prepared to take over as champion of the Republicans party.

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"Of course she won't go", Ceccaldi said, citing Le Pen's parliamentary immunity.

Le Pen - whose candidacy has not suffered from her legal woes - dismissed the investigation as "political maneuvering".

The allegations against Fillon are particularly damaging after he campaigned as a sleaze-free reformer ready to administer a "radical" economic overhaul and cut wasteful public spending.

Current polls suggest Macron and Le Pen have the best chances of finishing on top in the first round vote, followed by Fillon, and that Macron would easily win the runoff.

Juppé has so far refused to be a so-called Plan B if Fillon falls, but he may have to reconsider that stance if Fillon considers to shred support in the coming days.

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