Fillon gave a defiant 28-minute speech to thousands

PARIS (Reuters) – Under-fire French presidential candidate Francois Fillon on Sunday gave a defiant 28-minute speech to a rally of thousands of supporters in Paris in which he did not say whether he would continue his campaign or not.

Francois Fillon (R), former French prime minister, and Alain Juppe, current mayor of Bordeaux, stand together after the results in the second round for the French center-right presidential primary election in Paris, France, November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

He made the speech after a week of high-profile desertions from his campaign, and as senior officials of his The Republicans party discussed how to replace him.

(Reporting by Andrew Callus; Editing by John Irish)

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