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The investigation to be kept open. And Fillon's position as favorite shows no sign of returning. 2,000 of Fillon's followers, though, keen to turn a new page too. But some inside the hole have not turned up to show support.>>
> And outside left-wing protesters. Many here are angry over claims his wife was paid hundreds of thousands of Euros of state money for work she may never have done.
Fillon denies the accusations and says he has nothing to hide. But the scandal saw independent centrist Emmanuel Macron overtake him as front-runner in the presidential race. At one point, it seemed Fillon might even have to bow out.>> With some of his own party members calling for him to step aside.
But with no clear alternative, and many supporters still rallying behind him, he's still in the race for now.>>