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Francois Fillon’s chief spokesman has quit the presidential candidate’s campaign in the second high profile departure in three days.

Thierry Solere, a French parliamentarian and one of Mr Fillon’s top aides, announced he was ending his association with the right-wing candidate in a tweet on Friday.

It comes after Bruno Le Maire- a former French agricultural minister – also quit the Fillon team this week, after the embattled former prime minister vowed to stay in the race despite being placed under a formal investigation over an embezzlement scandal.

A poll from Odoxa today found that Alain Juppé , the candidate he beat to the Republican party nomination, would get first place in the country’s first round presidential vote in April with a 26.5 per cent vote share.

Thus far, polls show the far-right Marine Le Pen would win the first round, followed by Emmanuel Macron and Mr Fillon in joint second.

Ms Le Pen however is expected to lose the second round run-off.

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