Wednesday 21 February 2018

French presidential candidate Fillon calls for election to be suspended after attack

Francois Fillon, member of the Republicans political party and 2017 French presidential election candidate of the French centre-right, attends the France 2 television special prime time political show,
Francois Fillon, member of the Republicans political party and 2017 French presidential election candidate of the French centre-right, attends the France 2 television special prime time political show, "15min to Convince" in Saint-Cloud, near Paris, France. REUTERS/Martin Bureau/Pool

French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon on Thursday evening said he was cancelling a planned election campaign outing on Friday after a shooting in Paris which killed a policeman.

The circumstances of the shooting, in which an assailant was also killed, were not immediately clear.

Voters are set to head to the polls on Sunday in the first round of a two part election, and campaigning by the 11 candidates in the running was due to be wrapped up on Friday.

Fillon had been scheduled to go to the French Alps for a campaign event but told France 2 television he would not go.

Reuters

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editors Choice

Also in World News