François Fillon has gone back on his word and said he will remain a candidate for the French presidency, despite an investigation being opened into accusations that he paid his wife hundreds of thousands of euros over the years for a fictitious job.
Fillon, the center-right Republican candidate, had earlier vowed to pull out of the contest if such an investigation was launched.
Now he maintains it is up to the French people.
“Only universal suffrage, and not an investigation, can decide who will be the next president of the republic,” he told reporters in Paris.
Fillon also repeated his allegation that the probe is politically motivated. “It is an assassination,” he said. Read more “Fillon Refuses to Drop Out, Hurting the Right’s Chances in France”