French presidential candidate Francois Fillon’s woes deepened as a stream of elected officials from his party disowned his campaign and police searched his Paris home on Thursday.
More than 60 politicians said they could no longer support a candidate facing charges for the alleged embezzlement of public funds. The string of departures, including Fillon’s campaign treasurer Gilles Boyer and senior adviser Bruno Le Maire, was followed by an open letter by 20 politicians urging him to withdraw.
Alain Juppe, another former prime minister who was defeated by Fillon in the Republican primary, is telling friends he is ready to come back if necessary, Le Parisien reported Friday. The resignations came as independent candidate Emmanuel Macron unveiled details of his election platform and the National Front’s Marine Le Pen intensified her anti-euro rhetoric, saying in a speech in Paris that the “question is not if we’ll leave the euro, but when and how.”
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