Thierry Solere (bottom left) and Patrick Stefanini (top left) are the latest aides to desert Fillon
The centre-right Les Republicains candidate is facing increasing calls to drop out of the race following allegations he paid his wife more than half a million euros for a fictitioud job as his parliament assistant.
Now with just weeks to go until the first round of voting, Fillon’s spokesman Thierry Solere has sensationally resigned as the former frontrunner’s position looks increasingly untenable.
Mr Solere was quickly followed out the door by campaign director Patrick Stefanini, who presented his resignation on Friday morning.
Mr Stefanini has promised to stay in his role until Sunday to lend a hand at a Paris support rally in a last ditch attempt to revive Fillon’s campaign.
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The former French PM tweeted a video plea for supporters to show up en masse and "to show everyone what the will of the militants of France looks like."
Amid calls to replace him, Fillon told viewers: "Don't let anyone deprive you of your choice. I ask you to resist.”
The high-profile resignations follow on from Fillon’s campaign treasurer who stepped down on Thursday, leaving the former frontrunner with increasingly fewer aides to turn to.
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He said: “He’s gambling everything on a big rally he’s organising on Sunday in Paris, which is very controversial because it’s going to attack the judicial system.
Solere has a high profile within the centre-right party
“If that fails, and it’s quite likely to fail, it’s going to be irresistible for him to step down.”
While Fillon’s popularity has plummeted since the allegations were revealed, presidential rival Marine Le Pen has maintained support despite controversy over tweets she posted in December 2015 depicting gruesome images of ISIS, including the beheading of the American journalist James Foley.
The Front National leader has lost her European Parliament immunity as a result of allegedly ‘publishing violent images’, and could face up to three years in prison if found guilty.
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