He came out of nowhere to nearly score a first-round knockout: François Fillon flattened the field in France's first-ever conservative primaries. Who is this 62-year-old who mounted a late surge that stole Sarkozy's thunder? With 44% of the vote, next Sunday's run-off may seem a formality for Fillon, but in May he'll likely face National Front leader Marine Le Pen, who's taken her party away from stigmatising homosexuals and more towards safeguarding the social safety net.
Produced by Charles WENTE, François WIBAUX and Van MEGUERDITCHIAN.
Beatrice DE MONTILLE
Spokesperson for François Fillon
Philippe MOREAU CHEVROLET
Founder of MCBG Conseil
Political analyst, CEVIPOF-Sciences Po