On the last day of his visit to the island of Reunion, the presidential candidate of the Republican party spoke to journalists, saying he was the victim of a “profound injustice” and does not see how he could be charged.
Does he think he should be charged? “I do not see how it can happen,” he said. “We would be in an almost assassination situation,” the presidential candidate told reporters, while reiterating in the Journal du Dimanche his commitment to withdraw In the case of indictment.
According to the right-wing candidate, “from the beginning, the option is clear: eliminate the candidate legitimized by the primary of the right. There is an absolutely considerable legal problem,” he said in regards to the investigation of the National Financial Office (PNF). His lawyers contest the “legitimacy” of the case.
“This poses an institutional problem if justice can go so far as to control the nature of parliamentary work,” Francois Fillon said, highlighting the principle of separation of powers.
The former Prime Minister believes he is targeted “by a deep injustice”. This “situation is totally abnormal”, he also said, regretting to have reacted at the beginning of the case by speaking of “misogyny”. “I have been a member of parliament since 1981. Many parliamentarians worked with their families, and I may have taken more time than others to appreciate the lack of confidence among the French,” he said. . But “this is perfectly legal in the context of parliamentary functioning”.
“This case, whatever its origin, did not happen by itself, and it will not work out with the work of the journalists,” Fillon said, denouncing “a media court.” However, “I do not make the journalists whistle” he continued, referring to protesters back in Paris.
Assuring that “the base of the electorate is solid”, despite the “disturbance in opinion”, he assured that “people will choose (according to) what they have felt in me: sincerity, courage and determination”. “My determination is a guarantee of solidity,” he insisted. “It is first of all an election between me and the French. From the moment I launched my campaign, it is a train that does not stop.”