Series of Defections Leaves Le Pen Rival Fillon a Lonely Figure

PARIS (AP) — The once promising presidential bid of French conservative Francois Fillon, already seriously hobbled by pending corruption charges, was coming unraveled Friday with the resignation of his campaign director and his campaign spokesman, adding momentum to a stream of defections and panicking his party.

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France Opens Full ‘Fake Jobs’ Inquiry Into Le Pen Rival Fillon

PARIS (AP) — The French financial prosecutor’s office decided Friday to open a judicial inquiry surrounding the allegedly fake parliamentary aide jobs that conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon gave to his wife and two of his children, pushing the case to a higher and riskier level for the man hoping to become the next president of France.

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French Elections: Even Fillon’s Hometown Turning Against Him

SABLE-SUR-SARTHE, France (AP) — An upstanding family man, untainted by scandal, a committed Catholic from rural western France – Francois Fillon won the conservative presidential primary and shot to the top of opinion polls in large part on his irreproachable reputation. In just over a week, his chances of winning France’s presidency have nosedived amid a string of allegations that he’s not what he painted himself to be.

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Former PM Valls Loses Lead in Socialist Primaries

PARIS – Former French prime minister Manuel Valls has lost his lead over leftist opponent Arnaud Montebourg ahead of the Socialist primaries, an Ifop poll, published by the weekly Journal du Dimanche, showed on Sunday. In case of a second-round

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Marine Le Pen Surges in French Polls

Front National leader Marine Le Pen has double the polling numbers of current president François Hollande ahead of the 2017 French presidential election. It is less than a year until the French public will vote on the highest office in

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French Socialists In Panic Retreat From Le Pen Challenge

France’s Socialist Party on Monday said it would pull its candidates out of a third regional poll, that of eastern France, adding to its efforts to create an electoral “barricade” against Marine Le Pen, the party’s chief said on Monday.

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Sarkozy Battles Le Pen In French Regional Vote

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) – Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy rallied conservatives in eastern France on Wednesday, hoping to fend off a strong challenge by the far-right National Front (FN) in looming regional elections. The FN, boosted by voter concerns about

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