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    Embattled French Conservative Candidate Won’t Quit

    When is a routine campaign stop more than a routine campaign stop? François Fillon, once expected to be France’s next president — now embroiled in a corruption scandal over wages he paid to his wife, though she allegedly did no work — abruptly canceled a Paris appearance at the last minute. The event, an agricultural fair, is considered key to winning rural voters. Fillon later gave a press conference saying he’ll be under judicial investigation as of March 15 — but he’s staying in the race, despite widespread speculation to the contrary.

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