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French lawmakers withdraw request for meeting to discuss Fillon crisis - source
February 14, 2017 / 11:13 AM / 10 months ago

French lawmakers withdraw request for meeting to discuss Fillon crisis - source

PARIS (Reuters) - A group of French conservative lawmakers on Tuesday backed down on demanding a crisis meeting to discuss the fate of their presidential candidate Francois Fillon, a parliamentary source said.

Francois Fillon, former French prime minister, member of The Republicans political party and 2017 presidential candidate of the French centre-right, attends a political rally in Saint-Pierre as he campaigns on the French Indian Ocean island of the Reunion, February 12, 2017. REUTERS/Laurent Capmas

Some 40 lawmakers, led by Georges Fenech, had earlier written to Fillon requesting a meeting to discuss the “major crisis” amid ongoing allegations of fake work by his wife.

The source said Fenech, a supporter of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, had now decided to not make the request during a meeting between Fillon and The Republicans’ lawmakers on Tuesday. The source did not say why Fenech had backed down.

Reporting by Emile Picy; writing by John Irish; Editing by Andrew Callus

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