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Francois Fillon, former French prime minister, member of the Republicans political party and 2017 presidential election candidate of the French centre-right reacts after delivering a speech in front of small business leaders in Puteaux, France, March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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PARIS (Reuters) - Allies of conservative former French president Nicolas Sarkozy are asking beleaguered presidential candidate Francois Fillon to find a replacement candidate, according to a Sarkozy ally present at a meeting on the issue on Monday.

The meeting of Sarkozy allies agreed to ask Christian Jacob, a prominent member of The Republicans conservative party, to meet erstwhile election race frontrunner Fillon - who is engulfed by a financial scandal - to present the demand, the ally, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters.

(Reporting by Emile Picy; Writing by Brian Love; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)

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