Day 99 – Penelopegate, Lawyergate and Sleazegate

End-November François Fillon (Sarkozy’s Prime Minister for 5 years) crushingly defeated Alain Juppé in the right-wing Républicains’ Primary. Having won 66.5% of the vote, it surely seemed that Fillon’s coronation and the Presidency were inevitable. Polls showed Fillon defeating Le Pen (Front National) easily in the first round, with Macron (centrist-ex-‘socialist’ now independentist En Marche party – a near-untranslatable mish-mash of ‘Onwards’/’Forward’/’Let’s Start’) a distant … Continue reading Day 99 – Penelopegate, Lawyergate and Sleazegate