Thursday 22 February 2018

Paris mayor asks Francois Fillon to cancel his rally

Francois Fillon delivers his speech during a campaign meeting in Aubervilliers, outside Paris (Christophe Ena/AP)
Francois Fillon delivers his speech during a campaign meeting in Aubervilliers, outside Paris (Christophe Ena/AP)

French presidential candidate Francois Fillon has called on supporters not to "abdicate" to those trying to destroy him, as the mayor of Paris asked him to cancel a scheduled rally.

The conservative Fillon, whose campaign has been unravelling over impending corruption charges, vowed to remake France in a speech on Saturday.

His speech came a day before what amounts to his last stand, a rally near the Eiffel Tower in Paris widely seen as a test of his staying power via the number of supporters he can muster.

But Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted that the rally "endangers" French values, claiming its real goal is to demonstrate against investigative judges, police and journalists "bringing to light the truth".

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