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France: Fillon cancels campaign stop amid investigation

  • French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon delivers a speech during a campaign meeting in Maisons-Alfort, outside Paris, France, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. The French financial prosecutor's office has decided to open a judicial inquiry into the allegedly fake parliamentary aide jobs that conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon gave to his wife and two of his children. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon delivers a speech during a campaign meeting in Maisons-Alfort, outside Paris, France, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. The French financial prosecutor's office has decided to open a judicial inquiry into the allegedly fake parliamentary aide jobs that conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon gave to his wife and two of his children. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)  (The Associated Press)

  • Conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon leaves after delivering his speech at his campaign headquarters in Paris, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Fillon is refusing to quit the race despite receiving a summons Wednesday to face charges for alleged fake parliamentary jobs for his family. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon leaves after delivering his speech at his campaign headquarters in Paris, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Fillon is refusing to quit the race despite receiving a summons Wednesday to face charges for alleged fake parliamentary jobs for his family. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)  (The Associated Press)

  • Conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon arrives to deliver his speech at his campaign headquarters in Paris, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Fillon's campaign for the French presidency faced new uncertainty Wednesday as he abruptly canceled a campaign stop at the country's premier farm fair and an investigation intensified into alleged fake parliamentary jobs for his family. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon arrives to deliver his speech at his campaign headquarters in Paris, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Fillon's campaign for the French presidency faced new uncertainty Wednesday as he abruptly canceled a campaign stop at the country's premier farm fair and an investigation intensified into alleged fake parliamentary jobs for his family. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)  (The Associated Press)

Conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon has abruptly canceled a campaign stop at France's premier farm fair, days after prosecutors upgraded a corruption investigation targeting him.

Fillon's campaign team gave no reason for the sudden cancellation of Wednesday's appearance at the Salon d'Agriculture, but said he is expected to speak at his campaign headquarters later in the day.

Campaign staffers and members of his Republicans party were at the fair waiting for him when the last-minute announcement was made. Protesters have greeted his recent campaign events for the two-round April-May election.

Fillon's poll ratings have slid over an investigation into alleged fake parliamentary jobs for his family. The financial prosecutor's office pushed the case to a higher level Friday, paving the way for possible charges against Fillon. He has denied wrongdoing.