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threats on abortion rights

After a surrealistic debate last week between the two primary candidates about their comparative proximity to the catholic pope, and the reminder by the winner, François Fillon, that he did not consider abortion as a fundamental right, the French catholic church hierarchy has been trying to block… 33 more words

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merci pour ce moment

 “L’exercice du pouvoir ne m’a jamais fait perdre ma lucidité. Aujourd’hui, je suis conscient des risques que ferait courir une démarche, la mienne, qui ne rassemblerait pas largement autour d’elle.

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Francois Fillon is the man to take on Le Pen in France's 2017 presidential race

Francois Fillon beats Sarkozy in the first round of primary with a shock 44% of the vote

And so it is decided. Francois Fillon, France’s mild-mannered, reflective former prime minister, will stand as the candidate for the centre-right in the 2017… 172 more words

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And now we have elections in France

After Donald Trump’s surprise win on November 9th, Marine Le Pen, of the Nationalist Front party here in France, called him to congratulate him.  She is hoping that the wind that has blown so far right in the UK and the USA will blow her into the Presidency of France next Spring. 384 more words

another right uppercut

While at a much lesser scale than the US election result, the outcome of the French Republican primaries of last weekend shows a similar shift to the right of the electorate, who thus favoured the arch-conservative François Fillion over the milder center-right Alain Juppé. 220 more words

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Sarkozy in danger as Fillon grabs French rightwing primary lead -- UPDATE: Sarkozy concedes defeat

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© AFP | Former French prime minister Francois Fillon (R) leaves after voting on November 20, 2016 in Paris

PARIS (AFP) – Former French prime minister Francois Fillon took a strong lead in the first round of the rightwing presidential primary Sunday but ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy risks elimination, partial results showed.In a major surprise, Fillon had 42.8 percent of the vote to 26 percent for former prime minister Alain Juppe and 24.4 percent for Sarkozy, according to tallies from one third of polling stations. 100 more words