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François Fillon: The Long Distance Driver Of French Politics

For three years, he stayed towards the back of the field, biding his time. Written off by all the pollsters as a no-hoper, he patiently worked the grassroots, criss-crossing France, building a formidable local network. In the last weeks of the campaign, he made a late run on the inside, lapping all his rivals to win the first round comfortably, knocking out in the process the man he had served for five years as Prime Minister, the former President Nicolas Sarkozy. In yesterday’s second round, Fillon decisively beat his remaining rival Alain Juppé. Given the disorganised state of the French Socialist party, he is now well placed to take on (and probably beat) Marine Le Pen in May.

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