Sarkozy and Juppe discussed embattled Fillon

PARIS (Reuters) – Ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former prime minister Alain Juppe discussed the situation regarding embattled presidential candidate Francois Fillon on Saturday night, a source close their Republican party said.

FILE PHOTO – Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy reacts during a visit in Poissy, near Paris, France, September 6, 2016. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo

“Yes. They had a long conversation,” the source, who declined to give details, told Reuters on Sunday.

A close ally of Sarkozy, Christian Estrosi said earlier on Sunday that he would issue a statement with other party heavyweights in the coming hours that would call for Juppe, who came second in the party’s November primaries, to replace Fillon.

(Reporting by Emmanuel Jarry; writing by John Irish; editing by Andrew Callus)

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