He announced it live, at 8 pm.
At 4% approval ratings, I think he made a hard but understandable choice. I think he believes that any other candidate from the left will have a better chance than him to win the presidency, even if it's a very thin one. And that's the logical conclusion : if you want to preserve the bigger picture of what you worked for in the last five years, you will try to maximize your chances, even if that means that you have to let go.
Fillon won the primary by a landslide (67%) for the Republican Party last Sunday.
We are entering a dark timeline.