A hard-right politician, written off by pollsters and establishment pundits for month, rockets to the top of the polls in his party’s presidential primary. He vows to “conquer Islamic totalitarianism,” promises to clamp down on mass immigration, and calls for a closer relationship with Vladimir Putin’s Russia. When the vote is finally held, he trounces his establishment rivals, setting him up for a once-inconceivable general election victory.
No, he’s not Donald Trump: He’s François Fillon, the man who won a vote Sunday to lead France’s center-right Republican Party in the 2017 presidential election. Fillon, seen as an irrelevant long shot when …read more