François Fillon…Biggest Colonization Advocate…Tipped To Replace Hollande At The Elysée

date 2016/11/21 views 282 comments 0

icon-writer By: Mohamed Meslem /*/ English Version: Med.B.

In a major upset, François Fillon, a 62-year old former French Prime Minister, won most of the votes in the primary for the center-right candidate in next year’s presidential election and is now set for a second round against rival Alain Juppé.

The open primary with seven candidates from the right and centrist parties also saw the surprise elimination of former president Nicolas Sarkozy who declared he would retreat from public life and would support Fillon, his former Prime Minister turned political fiend. 

While Fillon and Juppé are from the same Republicans party, there are clear differences in their policy platform. Fillon is from the hard-right and Juppé is more centrist. Juppé, a veteran politician and right-hand man of former president Jacques Chirac, is of the Gaullist tradition of a more inclusive and warm right.

The surprise result puts Fillon in a commanding position for next Sunday's second round of a contest that is widely expected to decide France's next leader.

For hard-right François Fillon, Islam is 'a big problem', as he put it.

The former prime minister might not be as obsessed by identity and the role of Islam in France as his former boss Nicolas Sarkozy, but Fillon still has fairly strong and rather hard-line views that will not make the country’s large Muslim population feel at ease and safe from the growing islamophobic acts of aggression in France.

“There are no problems with religion in France. There is a problem linked to Islam,” claimed Fillon.

In his essay “Conquering Islamic Totalitarianism” Fillon bluntly says the “bloody invasion of Islamism in our daily lives could provoke a third world war”.

His hard-line views could have a nefarious impact on French-Algerian relations if he ever came to power in next year’s French presidential polls, many observers surmised.

Earlier this year, François Fillon triggered off widespread ire and ridicule by dismissing the idea that France should feel guilty about its brutal colonization of North Africa with on prime focus Algeria, saying "there was nothing to be ashamed about France just wanting to share its culture in colonized countries".

Fillon wantonly turned a blind eye in this regard to the heinous crimes committed against the oppressed Algerian people during the 132 year-long French colonial yoke in Algeria.

"For hard-line François Fillon, horrendous colonization was just like humanitarian-minded Erasmus," read one sarcastic reaction on Twittter.

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