How Francois Fillon scrambled the French election

It's already clear that French politics will never be the same

Francois Fillon
(Image credit: AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

For once, the polls and the pundits were right. In France's center-right presidential primary run-off on Sunday, François Fillon smashed his challenger Alain Juppé. An afterthought in the race only a few months ago, Fillon is now the favorite to be the next president of France. It's an astonishing rise, and one that portends some interesting developments in French politics.

The first thing to say is that Fillon has upset everybody's calculus for the presidential election.

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