March 5, 2017 / 2:04 PM / in 5 months

Sarkozy, Juppe discussed French presidential candidate Fillon's situation on Saturday - source

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Francois Fillon, former French Prime Minister, member of the Republicans political party and 2017 presidential election candidate of the French centre-right delivers a speech at a campaign rally in Aubervilliers, Paris suburb, March 4, 2017.Philippe Wojazer

PARIS (Reuters) - Ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former prime minister Alain Juppe discussed the situation regarding embattled presidential candidate Francois Fillon on Saturday night, a source close their Republican party said.

"Yes. They had a long conversation," the source, who declined to give details, told Reuters on Sunday.

A close ally of Sarkozy, Christian Estrosi said earlier on Sunday that he would issue a statement with other party heavyweights in the coming hours that would call for Juppe, who came second in the party's November primaries, to replace Fillon.

Reporting by Emmanuel Jarry; writing by John Irish; editing by Andrew Callus

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