Determined Fillon strikes back with a letter to the French

Determined Fillon strikes back with a letter to the French

In a bid to revive his scandal-hit candidature for the French presidency, conservative candidate Francois Fillon on Tuesday published a letter to the French public in the widely-read regional newspaper Ouest-France. As yet more allegations about his wife’s job as a parliamentary aide emerged, former prime minister Fillon re-affirmed the legality of the salaries paid […]

French right has no presidential candidate if Fillon steps down

French right has no presidential candidate if Fillon steps down

France’s conservative party les Républicains will be without a Plan B if its presidential candidate, François Fillon, is forced to step down amid an ongoing scandal of alleged illegal payments to his wife. Fillon is under growing pressure following this week’s revelations in satirical French weekly Le Canard Enchainé that Penelope Fillon was paid around […]

France’s Cazeneuve challenges conservative Fillon in first speech as prime minister

France’s Cazeneuve challenges conservative Fillon in first speech as prime minister

Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Tuesday pledged to “protect French people” in his first speech to France’s National Assembly, defending President François Hollande and directly challenging conservative lawmakers. Cazeneuve delivered a fiery speech in which he admitted he had precious few months to serve as the new prime minister. He adopted a combative tone against […]

Fillon in strong position to claim French conservative nomination

Fillon in strong position to claim French conservative nomination

Former prime minister François Fillon looked on Friday to be in a strong position to claim his centre-right party’s nomination to contest next year’s French presidential election as he and rival Alain Juppé held final rallies of the primary campaign. In an impassioned speech to supporters in Paris, Fillon, 62, struck a strong patriotic note, […]

Fillon proposes a new path for the French right

Fillon proposes a new path for the French right

He was the outsider few predicted would win the first round of primary voting among France’s centre-right presidential candidates, but François Fillon has emerged as the new favourite who just might sweep the conservatives to power. As he entered the first round of primaries, Fillon, 62, was not on many lists to win. By Sunday, […]

As it happened: Fillon tops French conservative primary

As it happened: Fillon tops French conservative primary

Former French prime ministers François Fillon and Alain Juppé will vie for the conservative nomination in a primary run-off after handing former president Nicolas Sarkozy a shock defeat on Sunday. Follow the events as they happened with our liveblog. Fillon stunned his opponents by taking more that 44% of the vote, well ahead of Juppé […]

French right-wing primaries up for grabs as Fillon surges in polls

French right-wing primaries up for grabs as Fillon surges in polls

The outcome of Sunday’s primary to choose a conservative presidential candidate looked increasingly uncertain Wednesday, after polls showed former prime minister François Fillon’s ratings shoot up from third place in what had been a two-man race. Just last week, polls had 71-year-old former prime minister Alain Juppé heading for a comfortable win in Sunday’s first […]