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Francois Fillon: France's right-wing frontrunner

He was not taken seriously until his late acceleration in the two-month presidential primary campaign

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Mr Fillon has a radical economic reform programme, including scrapping the 35-hour week, one of the sacred cows of the French left.

Paris

FRANCOIS Fillon, the man tipped to win the French right-wing presidential nomination on Sunday, is a free-market reformer, devout Catholic and motor sport fan who has promised to transform France.

Mr Fillon, 62, has professed admiration for Britain's 1980s prime minister

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