Falling in all polls, the candidate of the right and the center must also face protests against his program and the case of Penelope Fillon.
“This evening, it is a new campaign that begins,” said François Fillon at the end of the press conference during which he presented his “apologies” to the French. Though he words hard to re-mobilize the troops he has acquired, he also faces hostility on the ground. This Wednesday, 9th of February, in Athis-Mons, in Essonne, the former prime minister was welcomed by a group of percussionists, tapping on pots and singing “Fillon rogue”.
Activists of Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s party Unsubmissive France were at the meeting, running after the car of the candidate . But they weren’t the only ones. “Ordinary citizens” also joined them. One participant summed up the thought of these protesters at BFMTV:
“I am here to recall the need for a certain public morality and the fact that one does not preach the rigor for the others while one pays with the public money his wife and his children fortunes,” they explained while claiming to be politically left, but of no party. “Legal or illegal, it’s not even the question. It’s illegitimate,” she says. “François Fillon dishonors the political debate by not retiring”.
Dinner and visit canceled
While he is due to hold a meeting this Thursday evening in Poitiers, with the support of Jean-Pierre Raffarin, François Fillon cancelled a trip that was scheduled earlier in the day. The previous day, France Culture reported his campaign team cancelled his visit to the annual dinner of Armenian organizations. The name of the candidate was indeed on the boxes placed next to the plates, explained the public radio station. Valérie Pécresse, the president of the Ile-de-France region and François Fillon’s supporter, explained that he “had a commitment already made”.
Sunday at 5 pm, he will hold a public meeting in St. Pierre de La Reunion and has scheduled a particularly busy day the next day on the island. He will return to Paris on Tuesday, in time to attend the weekly meeting of his campaign committee, gathering the main personalities of LR.
Just fifteen days since the first revelation of Le Canard enchaîné involving the hiring of his wife and his children as parliamentary assistants, Francois Fillon, a favorite of the presidential after his victory in the primary in November, has lost his place in the voters’ hearts. According to recent polls, he would now be eliminated from the moment first round. Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen , would be the ones expected to battle for the title of president in the second round.