French centrist party abandons embattled Fillon: party leader

French presidential election candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains party Francois Fillon is seen in Nimes, souhern France, on March 2, 2017

A French centrist party has definitively withdrawn its support for scandal-hit rightwing presidential candidate Francois Fillon, its leader said in an interview Friday.

"We ask the Republicans to change candidate and if they do not, we will not be able to continue our alliance," UDI leader Jean-Christophe Lagarde told Ouest France newspaper.