03 Jun

France’s Fillon fights on as window closes for alternative candidate

PARIS (Reuters) Scandal hit canada goose store Francois Fillon was set to be confirmed as the conservative candidate in France presidential election Canada Goose Online on Friday, despite canada goose deals dismal ratings, as the window for putting buy canada goose jacket an alternative name on the ballot paper Canada Goose Jackets closed.

Francois Fillon, 2018 canada goose outlet former French Prime Minister, member of the Republicans political party and 2017 presidential election candidate of the French centre right delivers a speech at a campaign rally in Caen, France March 16, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

The campaign is one of the most canadian goose jacket unpredictable in the country history as opinion polls show almost 40 percent of voters are not completely sure who canada goose coats on sale to back in a topsy turvy campaign dominated by a fraud investigation into Fillon.

The former prime minister has fought off pressure buy canada goose jacket cheap from his The Republicans Canada Goose sale party to step aside before Friday deadline canada goose outlet store locations when all presidential candidates must be formally endorsed canada goose outlet toronto factory by at least 500 elected officials.

Once the frontrunner, canada goose replica Fillon has slipped behind far right National Front leader Marine cheap Canada Goose Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron canada goose clearance in the polls, a position that would eliminate him in the first round of the election on April 23.

The fraud investigation into Fillon widened on Thursday to include luxury suits he received as gifts. He is already canadagoose-coats under formal investigation on suspicion of misusing public funds canada goose black friday sale linked to salaries he paid his wife and children.

The mystery benefactor who paid for two made to measure suits for Fillon worth 13,000 euros ($14,000) from exclusive Left Bank tailor Arnys in February was named on Friday as well known lawyer Robert canada goose coats Bourgi, a judicial source said.

The Senegal born Bourgi, a confidant and adviser of African Canada Goose online presidents and conservative French politicians canada goose over decades, declined comment.

Asked for comment, Bourgi told Reuters by email: will make no comment and give priority to the judges if they should happen to question me. He was quoted by BFM TV as saying the suits were a gift and he expected nothing in return.

Fillon, 63, has insisted he will fight on despite an Odoxa opinion poll on Friday showing that three quarters of French voters want him to pull out of the race.

A weekly Ipsos SopraSteria poll for Le Monde on Friday showed Fillon losing more ground to Le Pen and Macron.

The polls point to a May 7 run off between Le Pen and Macron, with the latter convincingly winning that duel.

Fillon has noticeably begun to use more right Canada Goose Coats On Sale wing language, Canada Goose Parka borrowing phrases from the National Front in an attempt to appeal to its voters.

loathe all kinds of racism, canada goose clearance sale including anti French racism, Fillon said in a Canada Goose Outlet speech on Thursday night, using a phrase made popular by National Front founder Jean Marie Le Pen, father of the party current leader.

Fillon main rival for his party ticket, Alain Juppe, opted not to challenge him, related site even if theoretically he could still get 500 backers by 1800 local time (1700 GMT).

Fillon, Le Pen, Macron, Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon, far left firebrand Jean Luc Melenchon and two lesser known candidates have already reached the endorsement target.

Additional reporting by Michel Rose,; Writing by John Irish and Adrian Croft; Editing by Richard Balmforth.