Fillon called on his supporters to “resist”

PARIS (Reuters) – French presidential candidate Francois Fillon called on his supporters on Friday to “resist” and to show their backing for his campaign, which is embroiled in a financial scandal, by turning up in large numbers to a rally in Paris on Sunday.

Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, speaks during a news conference to unveil his fully budgeted manifesto, named a “contract with the nation”, in Paris, France, March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

“Don’t let anybody steal this choice from you, I ask you to resist,” Fillon said in a video message posted on his Twitter account, calling for a large turnout on Sunday.

A number of conservative grandees have resigned from Fillon’s campaign in the last few days as he fights allegations of making state payouts to family members.

(Reporting by Michel Rose; Editing by Adrian Croft)

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