Conservative French party feels Fillon is 'sinking' chances of election

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_FRA130226AA001.jpegPARIS — The front-runner to be France's next president faces growing pressure to withdraw because of a scandal involving payments to his wife, creating a boost for an independent candidate or an anti-immigration populist in the spring election.

Conservative candidate François Fillon has seen his support evaporate following charges that he paid his wife nearly $900,000 for work she didn't perform as a parliamentary aide over eight years.

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