France: Fillon “won’t surrender” presidential candidacy despite charges

Source: ABC News

“French conservative candidate Francois Fillon is refusing to quit the presidential race despite receiving a summons Wednesday to face charges of faking parliamentary jobs for his family. Calling the investigation a ‘political assassination,’ Fillon called on his supporters to ‘resist’ and said he would leave it up to voters to decide his fate. Once a front-runner in the race for the April-May two-round election, Fillon’s chances have slipped since the probe was opened in January. Fillon abruptly canceled a campaign stop Wednesday after receiving the legal summons, prompting media speculation that he would quit the race. ‘I will not surrender,’ he told reporters at his headquarters later. ‘I will not withdraw.'” (03/01/17)