France's Fillon urges supporters to 'resist', turn out in force for rally

PARIS (Reuters) - French presidential candidate Francois Fillon called on his supporters on Friday to "resist" and to show their backing for his campaign, which is embroiled in a financial scandal, by turning up in large numbers to a rally in Paris on Sunday.

"Don't let anybody steal this choice from you, I ask you to resist," Fillon said in a video message posted on his Twitter account, calling for a large turnout on Sunday.

A number of conservative grandees have resigned from Fillon's campaign in the last few days as he fights allegations of making state payouts to family members.

(Reporting by Michel Rose; Editing by Adrian Croft)

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