French conservatives hold an emergency meeting over the candidacy of scandal-hit Francois Fillon in the upcoming presidential election, reiterate support. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) An emergency meeting of the French conservative party's leadership on Monday (March 6) backed Francois Fillon as candidate for the presidential election. The leader of the conservative Republicans' party, Bernard Accoyer, confirmed the deal, saying the party had reunited and was re-launching Fillon's campaign. Member of the The Republicans' party Bruno Retailleau told reporters after the meeting that there was "only one candidate" after calls from within the party for Fillon to drop out. "He has the legitimacy of an election, we are still a democracy. In a democracy it's elections that count. And no one can dispute that," adding that a rally held by Fillon on Sunday (March 5) showed he had the legitimacy to run. Former French prime minister Alain Juppe had earlier on Monday ruled out replacing scandal-hit Fillon in the coming presidential election but offered no alternative candidates. Fillon is embroiled in a scandal over allegations he misused public funds.