François Fillon was born in March 1954 in Le Mans. After graduating from Paris-Descartes in Public Law, he joined the former right-wing political party Rassemblement pour la République (RPR) headed by Jacques Chirac, which later became the Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) and Les Républicains. He worked as Joël Le Theule’s parliamentary assistant before being elected MP for the Sarthe département in 1981. He was also Mayor of Sablé-sur-Sarthe between 1983 and 2001, and Senator between 2005 and 2007. In 2002, he was appointed Minister of Labour under Jacques Chirac’s presidency and carried out reforms of the French retirement system and of the legal working week. He became Minister of National Education in 2004. His role as a political advisor to Nicolas Sarkozy during the presidential campaign in 2007 led him to become Prime Minister under his presidency. He remained head of the Government until the next presidential election in 2012. In June 2012, he was elected MP for Paris. As one of the most prominent figures of Les Républicains, he entered the primary election alongside Nicolas Sarkozy and Alain Juppé in view of the 2017 French presidential election. Following his victory on 27 November 2016, he became the official presidential candidate for the main right-wing party in the country. His electoral platform is conservative on social matters as well as economically liberal.
Articles by François Fillon
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