François Fillon
Prime Minister of FranceunderNicolas Sarkozy
François Fillon
François Charles Armand Fillon was Prime Minister of France from 17 May 2007 to 15 May 2012. He was appointed by President Nicolas Sarkozy on 17 May 2007. As a member of the UMP, Fillon became Jean-Pierre Raffarin's Minister of Labour in 2002 and undertook controversial reforms of the 35-hour working week law and of the French retirement system. He became Minister of National Education in 2004 and proposed the much debated Fillon law on Education.
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Kremlin dismisses new claims against French candidate Fillon
Fox News - 1 day
The Kremlin is dismissing a report that French presidential candidate Francois Fillon was paid 50,000 euros ($54,000) to arrange a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and a Lebanese magnate.
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Fillon’s Suits. Nunez On Reading Aloud. Barbier’s Political Theater. Islamophobia According To Bruckner. The Role Of The Polls.Lacan And The Jihadists
Huffington Post - 6 days
Now it’s François Fillon’s suits! How far can this travesty of “transparency” go? This digging into petty secrets? This slow slide into electoral suicide? No masters anymore; we are all servants (Hegel). The political craft and its mysteries are reduced to a custodial matter (Léon Bloy). Reading quietly is what killed poetry, in so many words. So says Laurent Nunez in a lovely book, L’énigme des premières phrases (Grasset), where he grapples, among other matters, with a verse from Louis Aragon that sounds right only if you read it as it was written: in a bold and sparkling voice. One thinks of Augustine’s disapproval upon finding Ambroise reading in silence. Or of John of Fécamp, the eleventh-century monk and theologian of the “gift of tears,” pleading, lest literacy die, for reading with the “palatum cordis.” Or Victor Hugo, of course, explaining in The Man Who Laughs that Socrates could read only by “holding forth” with that “hermaphroditic air of being his own audience.” A ...
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Unbuttoned: Of Price, Populism and Politics. Also, Pearls and Pants.
NYTimes - 8 days
What do Ivanka Trump and François Fillon have in common? The problems of expensive clothing by association.
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François Fillon, French Presidential Candidate, Is Charged With Embezzlement
New York Times - 8 days
Mr. Fillon is facing several corruption allegations, mainly that his wife and two of his children were paid with taxpayer funds as parliamentary aides for no-show jobs.
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French presidential candidate Fillon charged in jobs probe
abc News - 9 days
French presidential candidate Francois Fillon has been given preliminary charges in an investigation of taxpayer-funded jobs his wife and children received but allegedly never performed
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Investigation into Fillon 'fake jobs' scandal
CNN - 9 days
François Fillon's scandal-hit campaign to become France's next president took another blow Tuesday when he was placed under formal investigation on multiple counts, including embezzlement of public funds.
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For the French, a presidential election that couldn't get much stranger
Yahoo News - 14 days
Public exasperation with the French presidential election is on full display here this year. “J’en ai marre,” or “I’m fed up,” is an oft-repeated response at the Forum des Halles shopping mall and transport hub in Paris on a recent day. The French were anxiously waiting to see whether the right-wing candidate François Fillon would step down amid a corruption scandal that caused mass intraparty defections from his “sinking ship” candidacy.
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Fillon backers seek unity to revive French presidential bid
Reuters.com - 16 days
PARIS (Reuters) - Friends and foes in the political camp of France's Francois Fillon sought to settle their differences and get the conservative candidate's presidential bid back on track on Tuesday, after agreeing to stick with him despite a damaging financial scandal.
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Fillon clings to French presidential race; party not sure
Yahoo News - 18 days
PARIS (AP) — With the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop, French conservative Francois Fillon clung tenaciously to his presidential candidacy Sunday, emboldened by thousands of supporters at a high-stakes rally aimed at quashing pressure on him to step aside because of impending corruption charges.
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French Presidential Hopeful Fillon Faces Preliminary Charges
Wall Street Journal - 22 days
François Fillon, the conservative candidate to become France’s next president, lashed out at the country’s press and justice system as he faces preliminary charges on suspicion he used public money to fund phony jobs for his wife and children.
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Investigation of French candidate Fillon advances
CNN - 27 days
France's financial prosecutor office said Friday it will open a judicial investigation into presidential candidate François Fillon and his wife Penelope on allegations that he paid his wife and children for work they did not do.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of François Fillon
    FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 59
    Fillon's younger brother Pierre currently serves as the President of the ACO, having been elected in 2013
    More Details Hide Details Governmental functions Minister of Higher Education and Research: 1993–1995; Minister of Information Technologies and Post: May–November 1995; Minister of Post, Telecommunications and Space: 1995–1997;
    In 2013, during a visit to Russia, Fillon criticized the French government led by Francois Hollande for giving its support to a military intervention in Syria.
    More Details Hide Details Fillon was born in Le Mans, Sarthe. His father is a civil law notary, while his mother, Anne Fillon, is a celebrated historian of Basque descent. His youngest brother, Dominique, is a talented pianist. Fillon lives with his wife, Penelope, and five children, Marie, Charles, Antoine, Édouard and Arnaud, in the 12th-century Château de Beaucé, set in 20 acres (8 ha) of woodland on the banks of the River Sarthe at the famous monastery village of Solesmes, near Sablé-sur-Sarthe about halfway between Le Mans and Angers. M. and Mme Fillon resided in various other properties, always in the Sarthe, throughout their marriage, before buying Beaucé in 1993. Fillon has a reputation as an Anglophile and has had speaking engagements at a wide variety of universities in Britain, notably the London School of Economics.
  • 2012
    Age 58
    François Fillon threatened to split from UMP unless new elections were organized. In December 2012, Jean-François Copé, finally agreed to organizing new elections in 2013, thus putting an end to the crisis.
    More Details Hide Details To this date, François Fillon has not announced whether he will run again.
    Fillon resigned on 10 May 2012 with his cabinet, following the defeat of Nicolas Sarkozy to François Hollande in the 2012 presidential elections. Following the inauguration of Hollande as President on 15 May 2012, Jean-Marc Ayrault, mayor of Nantes, was appointed as Prime Minister. Aiming at building consensus within the diverging views at the UMP after Francois Hollande's victory in the French presidential elections in 2012, Francois Fillon declared his candidacy to become the President of the UMP party.
    More Details Hide Details On the day of the vote, both candidates François Fillon and Jean-François Copé claimed victory and accused the other of cheating. This led to a major political crisis within the party with votes being recounted twice and Jean-François Copé finally being declared winner.
    In 2012 in a country where foreign citizens are traditionally held to a devoir de réserve (non-involvement in politics) Fillon challenged the conviction accorded to Eva Joly (a French citizen but of Norwegian origin)'s expression.
    More Details Hide Details He subsequently suggested that Jews and Muslims abandon their traditional food practices (but has since apologised). Earlier as Minister for Education he had strongly advocated restriction on the wearing of religious signs in schools and other 'public' places.
    February to May 2012: he assumed the functions of the Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing, after the resignation of Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet who became spokeswoman of Nicolas Sarkozy's presidential campaign. Electoral mandates National Assembly of France President of the Rally-UMP Group in the National Assembly: November 2012 - January 2013; Member of the National Assembly of France for Paris (2nd constituency): Since 2012. Elected in 2012; Member of the National Assembly of France for Sarthe (4th constituency): 1981–1993 (Became minister in 1993) / 1997–2002 (Became minister in 2002) / Reelected in 2007 but he became Prime Minister. Elected in 1981, reelected in 1986, 1988, 1993, 1997, 2002, 2007;
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    Fillon resigned upon Sarkozy's defeat to François Hollande in the 2012 presidential elections.
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  • 2010
    Age 56
    On 14 November 2010, French President Nicolas Sarkozy reappointed Fillion as Prime Minister, allowing Fillon to formally name a new cabinet.
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    On 13 November 2010, Fillon resigned, paving the way for a cabinet reshuffle.
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  • 2007
    Age 53
    The day after Nicolas Sarkozy became President he appointed Fillon as Prime Minister of France, charging him with the task of forming a new cabinet, which was announced on 18 May 2007.
    More Details Hide Details By appointing as Secretary of State André Santini, who had been indicted in the Fondation Hamon affair on charges of corruption, Fillon made the first break since 1992 with the so-called "Balladur jurisprudence", according to which an indicted governmental personality should resign until the case is closed. From 17 May, to 18 June 2007. Appointed on 19 June 2007 22 October 2007 18 March 2008 There was a shuffle of the secretaries of state following the municipal elections of 16 March 2008. In addition: keep their current functions.
    He was appointed by President Nicolas Sarkozy on 17 May 2007.
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  • 2005
    Age 51
    Senator of the Sarthe: 2005–2007 (became Prime Minister in 2007, and he appears again as a member of the National Assembly of France in June 2007). Elected in 2004, remained as minister. Reelected in 2005. Regional Council President of the Regional Council of Pays-de-la-Loire: 1998–2002. (Resignation); Vice-president of the Regional Council of Pays-de-la-Loire: 2002–2004; Regional councillor of Pays-de-la-Loire: 1998–2007 (Resignation). Reelected in 2004. Elected in Sarthe constituency. General Council President of the General Council of Sarthe: 1992–1998. Reelected in 1994; Vice-President of the General Council of Sarthe: 1985–1992; General councillor of the Sarthe, elected in the canton of Sablé-sur-Sarthe: 1981–1998. Reelected in 1985, 1992. Municipal Council Mayor of Sablé-sur-Sarthe: 1983–2001. Reelected in 1989, 1995; Municipal councillor of Sablé-sur-Sarthe: 1983–2001. Reelected in 1989, 1995; Municipal councillor of Solesmes: Since 2001. Reelected in 2008. Community of communes Council President of the Communauté de communes of Sablé-sur-Sarthe: 2001-2012 (Resignation). Reelected in 2008; Member of the Communauté de communes of Sablé-sur-Sarthe: Since 2001. Reelected in 2008.
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    In 2005 he was not included in the new government headed by Dominique de Villepin, but was elected Senator for the Sarthe Département.
    More Details Hide Details His role as a political advisor in Nicolas Sarkozy's successful race for President led to his becoming Prime Minister.
  • FORTIES
  • 2004
    Age 50
    Fillon became Minister of National Education in 2004 and proposed the much debated Fillon law on Education.
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  • 2002
    Age 48
    Minister of Social Affairs, Labour and Solidarity: 2002–2004;
    More Details Hide Details Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research: 2004–2005; Prime minister: 2007-2012.
    As a member of the UMP, Fillon became Jean-Pierre Raffarin's Minister of Labour in 2002 and undertook controversial reforms of the 35-hour working week law and of the French retirement system.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1980
    Age 26
    His wife Penelope Kathryn Fillon (née Clarke) was born in Llanover, Wales, the daughter of a solicitor. They met while she was teaching English during her gap year in Le Mans, and they were married in the bride's family church in June 1980.
    More Details Hide Details Fillon's younger brother, Pierre, an ophthalmic specialist (and now President of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest), later married Penelope Fillon's younger sister, Jane. Having lived all his life in the Le Mans area and represented it politically, Fillon is an enthusiastic supporter of the city's famous 24 hour sportscar race, which he has attended nearly every year since he was a small child. He is a member of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, which stages the event, and is on the race's organisation committee. He has also competed in the Le Mans Legend historic sportscar races on the full 24-hour circuit and in a number of other classic road rallies.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1954
    Age 0
    Born on March 4, 1954.
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