By Mike “Mish” Shedlock The Financial Times reports that François Fillon, the French centre-right presidential nominee, has been placed under formal investigation in a judicial probe looking into embezzlement allegations. I am unsure if embezzlement and misuse of public funds are the same charge, but moments ago Bloomberg reported Fillon Charged With Misusing Public Funds along with to two […]
French Presidential hopeful Fillon challenges Merkel on Russia, immigration, Turkey: Assessing election odds
By Mike “Mish” Shedlock Regardless who wins the French presidential election in May, Angela Merkel may have a tough go of maintaining Franco-German solidarity. Please consider François Fillon Urges Angela Merkel to Soften Stance on Russia. François Fillon has urged Angela Merkel to soften her position towards Russia and harden her policies on migration, as […]
Purge of establishment candidates continues: Fillon beats Juppe in massive landslide; Le Pen coming up?
By Mike “Mish” Shedlock As expected, Francois Fillon will be the conservative candidate in next year’s French presidential election. His rival Alain Juppe Conceded Defeat. With a majority of polling stations counted, Fillon has about 67% of the vote. Francois Fillon won France’s first-ever conservative presidential primary Sunday after promising drastic free-market reforms and a […]
By Mike “Mish” Shedlock The comeback of Nicolas Sarkozy is officially and permanently dead. Earlier today Sarkozy Conceded Defeat as Fillon Causes Upset in Primary. The political comeback of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy ended abruptly on Sunday when he conceded he would not be reaching the run-off of the centre right primaries to fight […]