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Is presidential hopeful François Fillon the French Thatcher?

1 week 3 days ago
The presidential primaries for France's conservative opposition are still in the spotlight, with the press still focusing on François Fillon after his unexpected victory in round one on Sunday. Though he's a familiar face in French politics, he's always been in the background. Which begs the question: Who is François Fillon? Left-wing daily Libération makes its position clear with a fun front page photo: Fillon is the French Margaret Thatcher.

Fillon proposes a new path for the French right

1 week 4 days ago
He was the outsider few predicted would win the first round of primary voting among France's centre-right presidential candidates, but François Fillon has emerged as the new favourite who just might sweep the conservatives to power.

'Dark horse' Fillon: The man who could be French president

1 week 4 days ago
The French papers dissect the surprising results of the first ever conservative primary election. The "dark horse" François Fillon came out on top, taking all the press by surprise, with the left-leaning Liberation positively gleeful in seeing "nasty little duck" Nicolas Sarkozy out of the race.

Video: Ukrainians express shock as politicians report vast wealth

1 week 4 days ago
It's been three years since the start of street protests in Ukraine that led to the fall of the government. A key demand of protesters — to stamp out corruption — has been overshadowed by the conflict in the east. But corruption has become a hot topic again: Public officials now have to declare their wealth online, a move to expose those who have grown rich illegally. Many Ukrainians are now shocked at the wealth on display. Our correspondent reports.

Sarkozy's comeback dream ends in tatters

1 week 4 days ago
Nicolas Sarkozy, whose dream of a triumphant return to the French presidency was destroyed at the first hurdle Sunday, failed to shake off a reputation as one of the country's most divisive figures.
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