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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.>>
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> 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.
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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.
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But with no clear alternative, and many supporters still rallying behind him, he's still in the race for now.>>