France: Fillon says won't quit presidential race

Conservative's presidential hopeful denies wrongdoing in “fake jobs” scandal, apologizes over employing family members

France: Fillon says won't quit presidential race

World Bulletin / News Desk

France’s conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon on Monday denied any wrongdoing in family “fake jobs” scandal but admitted error and said he will not withdraw from presidential elections amid sinking popularity.

The Les Republicains candidate insisted in a news conference that both paying his wife Penelope’s as his parliamentary assistant and his two children as experts, were "legal and transparent", and he had hired them because he trusted them.

However, although such practices were legitimate and commonplace years ago "create distrust nowadays".

"It was an error; I profoundly regret it and I apologize to the French people," Fillon told the press conference, adding he will publish his assets on the Internet later Monday.

He said all accusations and allegations evoked by media are "unfounded" and therefore he will continue the presidential race.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Şubat 2017, 01:26