PARIS, March 1 France's centre-right UDI party,
which has about 30 MPs in the lower house of France's
parliament, on Wednesday suspended its support for the
presidential campaign of conservative Francois Fillon, the party
The move follows news earlier on Wednesday that Fillon, a
member of conservative party The Republicans, was to be put
under formal investigation in an affair involving alleged misuse
of taxpayer's money.
The UDI has been backing Fillon's campaign since his
election as the candidate of the right and centre-right in
November, even though its youth wing has defected to the camp of
rival centrist Emmanuel Macron.
(Reporting by Andrew Callus; Editing by Bate Felix)