Is presidential hopeful François Fillon the French Thatcher?
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 The presidential primaries for France's conservative opposition are still in the spotlight, with the press still focusing on François Fillon after his unexpected victory in round one on Sunday. Though he's a familiar face in French politics, he's always been in the background. Which begs the question: Who is François Fillon? Left-wing daily Libération makes its position clear with a fun front page photo: Fillon is the French Margaret Thatcher.
Campaigning ahead of Sunday run-off to see who will be France’s centre-right presidential nominee has turned into a war of words. On the economy there is not much to separate Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe but on social issues such as abortion, “outdated” and “reactionary” have been banded...
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