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Will François Fillon be France’s next president?

The Republican candidate represents the radicalisation of the mainstream right

By Jim Wolfreys  

Former French Prime Minister and candidate for Les Republicains presidential primary election Francois Fillon delivers a speech at a meeting marking the launch of his campaign on September 21, 2016 in Paris. NEWZULU/Yann KORBI

Georges Clemenceau, prime minister of France during the first world war, once summed up his relationship with his longstanding ally Georges Mandel: “When I fart, he’s the one who stinks.” Former prime minister François Fillon has just turned the maxim on its head. Fillon won the first round of the…

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