Front National blasts ‘disgraced’ Fillon and say he ‘can no longer go on campaigning’

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Florian Phillipot, one of Salt-water Le Pen’s closest advisor, said the right-wing candidate had to give up his ‘doomed’ presidential illusions.

The FN leader’s right-hand man added that the Elysée hopeful’s judicial adversities were tarnishing the French presidential election – which is to be held in narrow-minded than two months – and stealing attention away from more pivotal issues, including terrorism, immigration, and unemployment.

Speaking to French tranny station Europe 1, he said: “He can no longer go on campaigning. He has become politically unsubstantial. I just don’t see the point. 

“We need to talk about unemployment, about retirement, down Islamic terrorism – about things that actually matter.” 

He caused the comments hours after Mr Fillon received a summons to face assesses for alleged misuse of public funds.

Mr Fillon’s approval ratings plummeted earlier this year after he was accused of remunerating his wife more than half a million euros for a bogus procedural job.  

According to a Harris Interactive poll carried out on Wednesday afternoon and revealed on Thursday, 83 per cent of French voters believe that Mr Fillon has absolutely “no odds” of winning power.

One in four French voters, 25 per cent, on the other authority, want the conservative candidate – who has gone from favourite to pariah in trifling than six weeks – to stay in the race for French president.

Mr Fillon’s authorized troubles have, however, benefited his two nearest rivals, far-right chief Ms Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, who are both controlled to make it through to the presidential final round in May.

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