MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the survey's results published by Le Journal de Dimanche newspaper on Saturday and based on 1,004 interviews with French voters, 96 percent of Republican voters consider that Fillon will continue his participation in the presidential race.
Fillon, who was initially one of the pollsters' favorites, saw his ratings drop after the scandal broke out in late January around his wife allegedly having been paid for jobs without exercising her duties. French media also questioned Fillon's children's employment as his parliamentary assistants between 2005 and 2007.
On February 12, Fillon confirmed in an interview with the Le Journal du Dimanche his decision to continue the presidential campaign despite the ongoing scandal.
The first round of the French presidential elections is scheduled for April 23, while the run-off is slated for May 7.
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