Defiant Fillon Reveals He Is Facing Criminal Charges, Will Stay In French Presidential Race

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In yet another impromptu press conference delivered moments ago, French presidential contender Francois Fillon addressed the nation, and contrary to expectations the embattled candidate, fighting an escalating corruption probe, would announce he would drop out of the race, Fillon vowed to fight on, even as he revealed that judges planned to charge him with misuse of public funds.

Fillon confirmed that he was summoned to court on March 15 after earlier on Wednesday being questioned by magistrates investigating a 'fake work' scandal involving his wife. The summons prompted Fillon to cancell a campaign appearance at Paris’s farm show, triggering speculation he was preparing to pull out of the race. But at a press conference later in the morning, Fillon angrily denounced the investigation into the jobs affair, saying the probe was a challenge to the democratic process.

Fillon blasted the ongoing judicial inquiry as an attempt of "political assassination" directed at him. Having pleaded not guilty in the case of employment of his family members, Fillon will now have to prove it in court.

"I won't give in, I won't surrender, I won't withdraw, I'll fight to the end," Fillon said ending his speech

Earlier, French media reported that Fillon's presidential campaign director Patrick Stefanini had offered his resignation. There has been no confirmation yet.

Fillon, who was initially one of the pollsters' favorites, saw his ratings drop after the scandal broke out in late January around his wife allegedly having been paid for jobs without exercising her duties. French media also questioned Fillon's children's employment as his parliamentary assistants between 2005 and 2007.

The French financial prosecutor's office launched an official investigation on February, 24 into an allegedly fake employment of Fillon's wife. The investigation is devoted to assignment of state funds, complicity, concealment of offenses and trading in influence.

French presidential elections are due to take place in two rounds on April 23 and May 7.

So far, French assets have reacted mutedly, with the French-German 2Y spread pushing modestly wider.

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quadraspleen's picture

Shocked but not surprised. The blatant hyocrisy and hubris of today's politicos is a sight to behold..I suppose he just watches career criminal politicians (literally) get away with murder in the US. Ho hum. Good luck France. You're going to need it..

UnclePhester's picture
UnclePhester (not verified) quadraspleen Mar 1, 2017 6:57 AM

the 'nazi jews want a lot ow WHITE, CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVES in power when the jew-FED pulls the plug.

 

 

demonizing and blaming  white people is one way the juice push for the joo world order

MagicHandPuppet's picture

All he needs to do it talk about how much he loves moozies, refugee-rapists, femi-nazis, etc, and how we all need to stop being raciss, misogonist, biggots and all will be forgiven.  Many french love a good cuck.  

 

...hoping a Le Pen victory proves me wrong and this politician dies in prison if found guilty, of course.

techpriest's picture

It also tells us how many foreigners are allowed to vote in the elections, because apparently they don't care one bit about his criminality as long as the money keeps coming in.

PT's picture

... "I plead The Hillary!"

Whoa Dammit's picture

It looks like Hillary changed its name to Fillon and is running for President in France as a Tranny Party Candidate. How many times does zhe have to lose before zhe gives up?

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Emergency Ward's picture

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samjam7's picture

I mean, if Lagarde can be convicted and get away with it and remain IMF manager, Fillon must think he has a good shot at the presidency. Who knows, in case they have an alternative puppet in place with Macron.

Sandmann's picture

Sarkozy took $50 million from Ghadaffi which is why he wanted him killed.

Poor old Ghadaffi had Sarkozy, Cameron and Obama out to kill him before anyone found out about his $50 million gift to Sarkozy......

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/15/muammar-gaddafi-allegedly-g...

http://www.france24.com/en/20160311-obama-cameron-sarkozy-libya-mess-gad...

Hoi Polloi's picture

Fuck you Americans! Uncultured, crass Americans! We hate all of you! Fu....ze Germans are here! Hello Americans! We love you!

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

LOCK HIM UP!!!

New_Meat's picture

Well, he's gone:

' "I won't give in, I won't surrender, I won't withdraw, I'll fight to the end," Fillon said ending his speech'

Did no Frenchman in the past 200 years.

PT's picture

Obviously a foreign infiltrator.

CRM114's picture

"I won't surrender"

You'd never hear a Real Frenchie say that !

"I won't withdraw"

Obviously Catholic though ;)

 

blown income's picture

The Democratic way! of couse!

 

 

 

I'm off to WORK! You know , a job , where I have to excersise my labor so I eat!

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

That working stuff is for suckers......we can totally set you up with some EBTs.

 

It's totally free!!!

Stu Elsample's picture

France will not survive unless the traitorous leftist trash and their Musim friends are ALL deported

Mike in GA's picture

Welcome, Prime Minister Madame Le Pen!

 

New World Chaos's picture

Here's the plan:  The media will pretend it never happened.  If that doesn't work, they will blame the Russians.

Fillon will come out with a new campgaign slogan- "stronger together with muslims".  Then he will call Le Pen a racist over and over again.

tostaky06's picture

He is here cause he is strongly for christian, i doubt he will ever say what you mean ... 

TeaClipper's picture

As far as this corrupt fuck and the rest of the Europhile globalists are concerned, every vote they can raise against Marine Le Pen is worth staying in the race for. Lets hope the French people are keeping their powder dry and give her a resounding win. Though how she is going to win once they gang up on her in the second round goodness only knows

HenryKissingerChurchill's picture

Well, as a Rothschild minion, he must be feeling pretty untouchable.

mog's picture

The serious Rothschild minion is gay Macron.
They have two in this race.
Hopefully le Pen will beat them both.

Sandmann's picture

Macron who still gets "favourite pupil tuition" from his former teacher and married her

HenryKissingerChurchill's picture

The serious Rothschild minion is gay Macron.
They have two in this race.
Hopefully le Pen will beat them both.

Hopefully Le Pen is not a Rothschild minion !

betting on both dogs on the dogfight is a family tradition ...

Megaton Jim's picture

Is it just me, or does he look like Mr. Rogers?!?

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

Huh.........yeah.........little bit.

SoDamnMad's picture

It's a beutifulday in the neighborhood, won't you be my neighbor (Mr Muslim with the AK buried in the garden)

shovelhead's picture

Why does no French politician ever campaign on "Making France African and Muslim Again"?

A little truth in advertising would go a long way to sorting out their positions and set them apart from the rest.

mog's picture

I thought Hollande had done so judging by the numbers he has let pour in.
Nearly as many as Britain and Germany.

Sandmann's picture

France has as many Muslims as USA  - 7,000,000 - but noone is allowed to publish statistics

HenryKissingerChurchill's picture

Why does no French politician ever campaign on "Making France African and Muslim Again"?
A little truth in advertising would go a long way to sorting out their positions and set them apart from the rest.

Well in Germany both Merkel and Schulz want to "make Germany african and muslim again", too.

Let´s see if the AfD are for real.

Merkel said last weekend that the german VOLK is everybody LIVING on Germany...
„Das Volk ist jeder, der in diesem Lande lebt“
thence, the rapefugees can now go and party with Merkel and sing "Wir sind das Volk" ...

Zepper's picture

Yes, I am a fucking crook but vote for me anyways. France is one FUCKED up! country.

silverer's picture

Seems like you just can't run for president easily these days unless you have a criminal record.

OCnStiggs's picture

Nobody set the standard for criminality better than Hillary Clinton.

A standard accepted by the majority of morons in this country.

MuffDiver69's picture

My thoughts as well....France is a bit ahead of us, but democrats talking impeachment for Trump and applauding a crooked Clinton proves it...Lock that Bitch Up

Sandmann's picture

French prosecutors are to recommend that Nicolas Sarkozy stands trial over alleged irregularities in his failed 2012 re-election campaign, which could affect the former president’s hopes of returning to the Élysée Palace.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-16194089

A French court has given former President Jacques Chirac a two-year suspended prison sentence for diverting public funds and abusing public trust. 

Mr Chirac, 79, was not in court to hear the verdict because of ill-health but denied wrongdoing.

President from 1995 to 2007, he was put on trial on charges that dated back to his time as mayor of Paris

Xena fobe's picture

If hiring relatives was a crime in the US, all govt rmployees at all levels would be in jail.  They've made robbing the public a family business

aloha_snakbar's picture

Sure... why not. In the near future we will probably just start procuring elected officials directly from prisons...

renaissance2008's picture

Marine Lepen will win the first round of the French election and then loose against Macron. The Republican Party would rather team up with the left then see the Front National party win. This charade has been going on for decades and it's not about to change.

obelix's picture

It's witch hunt going on from the establishment and Rothschild against Fillon, they see him as a threat,

but he will never give up and will win and become president.

Fireman's picture

Like the Clinton hag, another rotten to the core bought and paid for punk that just doesn't get it.

Marine Le Pen, last hope for France and what's left of Urupp!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wj5N_yXL-8Y

The Count's picture

So much for French democracy:

Le Pen threatened with removal of immunity
This guy also facing charges

Just lock away any candidate the elite does not want and presto!

Joebloinvestor's picture

He will declare he will rule from prison if convicted.

After they did nothing to Lagarde when she was found guilty he has nothing to worry about.

FIAT CON's picture

Another sad excuse for a politician, He should appoligize and step down and try to set the bar.....