>> It's an ommissible event in France's political calendar. National Front's Le Pen and independent Macron pitching out at the Paris Farm Fair. One major candidate though mysteriously missing after a last minute pull-out on Wednesday. Conservative Francois Fillon sparking speculation over his position in the race, amid allegations that his wife Penelope was paid public money for work she didn't do.
>> The Paris Farm Show is a must do for all the presidential candidates. They have to go and stroke a cow and see the farmers. The rural community is not a big part of the French electorate anymore, but all things food and all things farming and all things countryside are extremely important to the French electorate.
>> Hours later Fillon vowed to stay in the running, despite a magistrate's intention to put him under formal investigation.>> Bruno Le Maire, who is one of Fillon's key campaign members, has resigned immediately after Fillon's statement. He talked about how it's important to keep ones word. We assume he's referring to the time when Fillon said he would stand down if he was put in front of investigating magistrates.
So this could suggest that there's more in the background and that there are more rumblings under the surface of perhaps another rebellion along the lines of the one he's already put down once.>> Fillon denies doing anything wrong. But with an appearance in front of the magistrates on March the 15th, he's unlikely to win back the squeaky clean image of a family man that once held him the lead.