Can conservative Fillon keep France's far-right at bay?

Francois Fillon is battling for the future of France, the European Union and mainstream politics in upcoming presidential electionsFrancois Fillon, having clinched the presidential nomination for the right-wing Republicans party, will now join a far bigger battle for the future of France, the European Union and mainstream politics in the West. After Donald Trump’s stunning victory in the United States, France’s election next April and May has become a test for how far a rising tide of nationalist and populist politics will rise. If polls are to be believed, Fillon’s biggest rival is the far-right National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen who sees herself as part of a spreading revolt against globalisation and the political elite.

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