French presidential candidate Francois Fillon is largely correct about things that need to be done to heal France. However, his message is lost in Penelopegate, Loangate, Suitgate, and Nosegate.
Please consider François Fillon’s Taste in Bespoke Suits Draws Criticism.
The embattled French presidential hopeful on Monday promised to deliver a “shock treatment” of austerity and deregulation if elected, sticking to a free-market economic platform that has evoked comparisons with Margaret Thatcher.
But Mr. Fillon’s expensive taste in suits has become the latest problem for his presidential campaign, which has been sent off-course by allegations that have cast doubt over his ethics.
Drawing attention to potential conflicts of interest, the Journal du Dimanche newspaper revealed on Sunday that an unnamed friend of the candidate had written a €13,000 cheque last month “at Mr. Fillon’s request” to buy him two bespoke suits from a boutique in Paris’s expensive Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood.
On Wednesday he is expected to be placed under formal investigation — one step short of being charged — over suspicion of misusing more than €880,000 in state funds to employ his wife Penelope and children in fake jobs as aides.
On Monday he detailed economic measures that focused on curbing the state’s role to try and jolt the eurozone’s second-largest economy into quicker growth.
Largely sticking to the program he had outlined during his primary campaign, Mr. Fillon promised to cut half a million civil service jobs, save €100bn in annual public spending over five years, eliminate the 35-hour limit on the working week and grant companies €40bn in tax breaks.
“The French have had enough of constantly being screwed around by the state,” Mr. Fillon told Europe 1 radio, using the kind of frank language that helped him to win November’s primary.
But the former prime minister, with four decades in politics, is struggling to divert attention from allegations of conflicts of interest. As well as the probe into his family’s jobs, questions have emerged over the financial help provided to Mr. Fillon by Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière, a billionaire entrepreneur who lent him €50,000 and employed Ms. Fillon as a literary adviser.
The latest revelations followed public outrage at the publication by the Republican party of a caricature of Emmanuel Macron, the new presidential favorite, with a hooked nose and a top hat that mirrored 1930s anti-Semitic propaganda. On Sunday Mr. Fillon apologized for the drawing and promised action against those involved.
Austerity Message Cannot Be Heard
- When you preach austerity, do you want to be seen in €13,000 suits?
- When you preach austerity, do you want to be under fraud investigation for paying your wife and kids €880,000 out of public money, for doing nothing?
- When you preach austerity, do you want to be under investigation for taking illegal loans?
- When doing points 1-3 above, how does it come across when you want to fire 500,000 civil service workers?
Adding fat to the fire, Fillon’s party posted an extremely unwise anti-Semitic picture of his opponent.
Right Message, Wrong Time, Exceptionally Poor Delivery
Fillon is of course correct about reducing the size of government and the burden on French businesses.
But his program would be a tough sell in socialistic France, even in the best of circumstances.
That is why I said Marine le Pen would have beaten Fillon.
Can le Pen beat Emmanuel Macron? I think she can, that is not to say she will.
Mike “Mish” Shedlock
More precisely, point 3 is one loan not declared. Not great but nothing compared to all the tax money received by all of the candidates.
“extremely unwise anti-Semitic picture of his opponent”
Nope it’s the usual representation of crook banker. Used times & times again without any complaint, but this time it’s with the candidate of the establishment, so it’s bad.
But yes he has lost credibility, now it is Marine LePen vs Macron, ie the French People vs the plunderers.
Anti semite picture?? Did you see it??
Here it is… Just for your knowledge the old leader of the French communist party supports Macron!!
Macron confided a report on immigration to Tuot, who recommends handing all say to EU, mass nationalisations, positive discrimination etc.
Fillon has the character of an exemplary Frenchman.
“But the former prime minister, with four decades in politics,….”
Yeah, that’s all you need to know, right there.
The €13,000 was reportedly for TWO suits which averages to ONLY €6,500 per suit, a MUCH more humble amount for an elitist of his stature.
Fillon is now first…
Chères amies, chers amis,
En ce début de semaine, voici un sondage que nous vous communiquons ainsi qu’un rendez-vous à ne pas manquer !
D’après ce sondage Filteris qui avait prédit la victoire de Donald Trump, le Brexit et la victoire de François Fillon en novembre dernier, François Fillon arrive en première position au 1er tour avec 24,27% des voix.
Nous vous invitons à partager ce sondage autour de vous, par mail et sur les réseaux sociaux !
Fillon is not first
propaganda… meanwhile in Hungary (skip commercial to 1:30, Victor orban speech; deploys border guards to combat migration):
Filteris is a novel poll. It measures the ‘buzz’, but does not actually poll. Canadian, says non political, sometimes righter, sometimes wronger, than traditional polls.
The image does not come up..
Le Pen 22.54%
Fillon is not first
Any poll that shows him in first is an outlier at best
Do you really believe the “polls” ? Especially from Wiki !
Just think of Trump & Clinton.
I am French & live in France & talk to many people..Many Socialists do not support Macron (he is an UFO) just take a look of the people around him.
So i am an “outlier” at the best??
The best thing is to get your boots on the ground!!
Anyway, i love what you do & your site!
The polls are certainly suspect
That is precisely why I give le Pen a far better chance than the mainstream media.
As for Wiki, they just summarize the polls, I am quite sure accurately
I concur that Filon is completely out of the race.
And I am French taking every day the train, to Paris or Province (all large cities).
My view only but Fillon has lost support along people I know. And that is showing where polls results go.
Fillon is too corrupt to be trusted with any campaign promise. He will bend to money and influence.
go Le Pen!
we are rooting for you, the French citizens, here in America.
If the second round is Macron and Le Pen then the parliamentary elections are going to be very, very important (possibly more so than the presidential).
Going to be very hard to create a functioning government if no party gets a majority (only Les Republicains are in a position to do so right now).
Macron’s plan to have some type of massive unity of the left, center, and right seems unlikely to pan out (his En Marche will not get a majority) and Le Pen will not get a FN majority.
So, who knows who the ministers in the next government are going to be…
Marine Le Pen will never be elected ah ah and even if she was the riots in the street would trigger article 50 of the constitution the elections would be annulées canceled
The army would restore law and order
She is a populist and nihilist
She is in favor of retiring at 60 years old and 35 hours a week labor time hence our lack of competitivity with Germany
She would get out of the euro in order to return to the Franc and refuse to pay back debts and above all american creditors . She is against the banking system the anglo american establishment considered as capitalist predators
France would end in benkruptcy just like Greece
She has no allied parties and she will be crushed in the general elections législatives
Many abstentionists voters may go to voting to block her
Anyway citizens are realistic and they do not care about the media as they already know the politicians are greedy and most rotten to the core but citizens will vote for their own interest
they are fed up with the socialists and too much taxes
What is Macron best achievements ? He used to be an economy minister and he failed implementing labor reforms there were union strikes and riots in the street last year in Paris and he quit his job He is mainly supported by socialist representatives so you d better expect more taxes and more debt he ll continue Hollande policies which led to billions of debt 6 million people unemployed and massive immigration etc..
Marine has no professional experience but for a couple of years as lawyer for divorce/ family issues She doesn t understand economics and even don t speak English fluently I guess
She has absolutely no acquaintances or support from french business circles no businessmen supporting her party etc…. How can she manage rule a country of 70 million people it s just unbelievable..
People said the exact same things about Trump and Brexit
And if France was fed up with Socialists, Support for Fillon would be soaring
When you say something can “never happen you talk very foolishly
Mish, support for Fillon is in an uptrend not matter what the press says..No other serious candidate for president.
Your own words “People said the exact same things about Trump and Brexit”
Well what happened? Trump & Brexit or better Brexit & Trump!!
Medex Man said:
France is bankrupt and will need to re-establish the French franc so they can devalue it like the greek drachma it really is.
This entire post is about whether one lying politician can default better than another lying politician… and its funny to hear so many French people argue that a Fillon default would be oh-so-much-better than a Le Pen default.
Think Mish is right that Le Pen is “winning”. Maybe Fillon will come from behind and lead the French into default instead. Not sure that is something to brag about
Just for your information France has a debt to PNB ratio of 98% while the US is at 106% ($20 Trillon over 18.8)so may the US default before France?
We will see if the US Congress allows further spending on the 15th of March.
May you live in interesting times…
Medex Man said:
“Just for your information France…”
First of all, don’t brag if your fake statistics make you think your G7 government is slightly less bankrupt than other G7 bankrupt governments. Even if your statistics make it appear less bankrupt, France is still bankrupt.
Second: while Obama did terrible French things to the US economy, there are still Americans outside San Fran and Chicago who are willing to work. Less than before, but they still exist. France has the highest unemployment of any second world country, and still has millions of people unwilling to work
Medex Man said:
@stephane — Its funny when people supporting the status quo make dumb comments about “le pen has no experience”… have you bothered to read the resumes of the career politicians?
Stealing from taxpayers isn’t something to brag about. Other than many years of being parasites off taxpayers, and occasionally just outright stealing/fraud (not so occasionally for Fillon?) not one of the losers running for French office has any actual experience doing anything but destroying jobs and wrecking the French economy.
Not saying Le Pen is great — I think France should feel embarrassed that she is their only “hope” (note the air quotes) for survival. France will break away from the EU and survive under Le Pen… which is not to say it will thrive. It will continue to muddle along.
But to suggest that her flaw is lack of experience? Please. Think about the idiots she is running against before making comments like that
I maade a mistake it was article 16 of the constitution I said 50 as I was thinking at the Brexit article launched tonight sorry
The French hold a two stage election, so we still have to wait till May for final results and in political terms, that is a very long time.
Anyway, what’s the point of having a British wife if she doesn’t persuade you to buy your suits in Saville Row? In the interests of international amity, naturellement.
I read her Lepen resume: strong leader, with fight experience (she has been lawyer FOR illegal immigrants in her past). Her family has undergine a terrorist attack. She has to cope with a heavy war veteran father. She is a woman !
That makes her to me a potential president, among others.
Spit on the candidates that have only basic experience (Macron)
Fillon is first in the polls Marine is third and will crash at the general elections
Fillon will win he is the greatest manager Macron is a kid 40 years old unable to negociate deals with strong guys like Putine or Trump
Marine is a madia widget created by the media so that us investors bet on short the euro believing once Marine is elected MADAME would go back to French FRANC but won t happen so don t lose your money
Le Pen s father is a billionaire Marine has underestimated her inheritance or property taxes that s what the media is saying in France
… select their next president according media and socialist justice propaganda Fillon has been prime minister already under Sarkozy so we do know what he is worth Marine instead is not qualified for the job it s like saying tomorrow morning kellyanne con … would run the usa
You are nuts if you believe Fillon is first in the polls.
Assuming you are correct, le Pen would win