March 6, 2017 / 7:03 PM / 8 months ago

French Senate leader said challenge to Fillon candidacy is over - source

PARIS (Reuters) - French Senate leader Gerard Larcher told a key meeting of senior party officials that Francois Fillon would be the conservative candidate in the presidential election and that the internal challenge was over, a participant in the meeting told Reuters.

Francois Fillon, former French prime minister, member of the Republicans political party and 2017 presidential election candidate of the French centre-right reacts after delivering a speech in front of small business leaders in Puteaux, France, March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

“The debate is closed,” Larcher was quoted as saying. He is the chair of The Republicans’ political committee which was meeting on Monday evening.

Larcher also asked Fillon to act to unite his conservative political camp, the source said.

Reporting by Sophie Louet; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Adrian Croft

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