France’s centre-right Republicans are to satisfy on Monday night to attempt to resolve the disaster over their presidential candidate.
Francois Fillon faces allegations that members of his household have been paid taxpayers’ cash for fictitious jobs.
Mr Fillon has denied wrongdoing as help for him has dropped in opinion polls forward of subsequent month’s vote.
Alain Juppe, who’s tipped to interchange him if he withdraws, is because of make an announcement within the morning.
On the occasion assembly, Republican heavyweights will attempt to bridge the rising cracks between their candidate and his former rivals, and discover a manner ahead, the BBC’s Lucy Williamson experiences from Paris.
The battle between Mr Fillon and his occasion could also be coming into the top sport, she says.
A number of senior figures are anticipated to announce their help for Mr Juppe’s nomination within the coming hours.
Stress constructed on Mr Fillon previously few weeks, as desertions by political allies and senior marketing campaign workers multiplied.
At a mass rally in Paris on Sunday, a defiant Mr Fillon instructed hundreds of supporters that “no one can stop” his bid for the presidency.
The centre-right candidate insisted he wouldn’t be standing down throughout an interview in a while French tv.
On the rally, he rejected the concept of being changed by Mr Juppe, his rival within the primaries final 12 months.
“If they’d needed Alain Juppe’s venture, then they’d have voted for Alain Juppe in that election,” Mr Fillon mentioned.
He mentioned he can be exonerated when an impending felony investigation acquired below manner, and it might be the flip of his accusers to really feel ashamed.
For weeks he has fought allegations that his spouse, Penelope, was paid for quite a lot of years for work that she didn’t do as his parliamentary assistant.
Nevertheless Mrs Fillon, who insists she did work for husband, instructed French journal Journal du Dimanche on Saturday that “every thing was authorized and declared”.
Additionally below scrutiny are claims that two of the youngsters, Marie and Charles, have been paid by their father’s workplace for authorized work although they’d not but certified as legal professionals.