Terrorism and Europe: weak links in Fillon’s bid for Elysée | Simon Heffer

With all eyes turning to April 2017, and the first round of the presidential elections, there remains one largely irrelevant detail to be dealt with before we proceed. 

The primary for the Parti Socialiste is not really to find a candidate for them – for whoever it is will be thrashed, and may possibly even be beaten into fourth place by Emmanuel Macron – but to see who is the new top dog in a party that, along with France, has been led by a limping one for the last five years.

While the socialists stew in their private grief, the rest of France, Europe and, in time, the world will watch the real battle: François Fillon versus Marine Le Pen.

We know in outline what their policies will be, and these will be fleshed out in the weeks ahead – and I shall analyse them here when they are. For the moment, ...

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