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Can François Fillon stay the course?

Once known for his clean image, he has been engulfed by a scandal

By Jim Wolfreys  

Francois Fillon, French Presidential Candidate ©Rainer Jensen/DPA/PA Images

After winning the nomination as presidential candidate for the mainstream right Les Républicains party last November, it seemed that all François Fillon had to do was to wait for the campaign to end on 7th May. According to the polls he would easily see off the challenge from Marine Le Pen’s Front National (FN) in the second round. Then he could begin dealing with the huge sums being wasted on public sector jobs and social security and put an end to…

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