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Sarkozy calls for crisis meeting to salvage French right


              French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon and his wife Penelope appear during a rally in Paris, Sunday, March 5, 2017....

              Supporters of conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon listen during a rally in Paris, Sunday, March 5, 2017. The rally acro...

              French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon, right, thumbs up with his wife Penelope after delivering his speech during ...

French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon and his wife Penelope appear during a rally in Paris, Sunday, March 5, 2017....

Supporters of conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon listen during a rally in Paris, Sunday, March 5, 2017. The rally acro...

French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon, right, thumbs up with his wife Penelope after delivering his speech during ...

PARIS (AP) — Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is calling for a meeting with embattled conservative candidate Francois Fillon and his possible replacement to find a solution to the crisis that threatens to shatter the French right.

Sarkozy says the current divisions, which are linked to Fillon's decision to maintain his presidential bid despite impending corruption charges, are playing into the hands of the far-right. Sarkozy said this situation "can't last and is creating deep unease among French people."

Despite a plethora of defections by conservative allies in recent days, Fillon has pledged to remain in the race.

Fillon's Republicans party remains dangerously divided over his candidacy, though, and its political committee is holding an urgent meeting Monday.

Many conservatives want Alain Juppe, a former prime minister, to run in Fillon's place.


Updated : 2021-04-23 11:18 GMT+08:00