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Francois Fillon's Chamonix trip cancelled

Shooting in Paris last night means the visit won't go ahead

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Ellie Mahoney | Chamonix Editor | Published: 21 Apr 2017


Francois Fillon's Chamonix trip cancelled

French presidential candidate, François Fillon, was due to spend his last day on the campaign trail in Chamonix today, but after a police officer was shot and killed in Paris last night, the trip has been cancelled. 

Fillon, the centre right candidate, has been under scrutiny and faces potential charges that he paid his wife and children hundreds of thousands of euros from public money for little or no work. 

He was hoping to enjoy a day on the mountain with family and members of his campaign team in Chamonix today, citing that it would serve as a good demonstration that "with perseverance you can cross obstacles, even difficult ones".

It was also meant to be a "breath of fresh air away from business and terror threats" said L'Express online, which is ironic considering Chamonix's ongoing air pollution problems. After the shooting of a police officer in Paris last night, his visit has been cancelled. 

The first round of the 2017 French presidential election is to be held this weekend on Sunday 23rd April.