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France's next president? Fillon flattens centre-right rivals (part 2)

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.


Click here for PART ONE. 

Produced by Charles WENTE, François WIBAUX and Van MEGUERDITCHIAN.

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