François Fillon attacks ‘Paris elite’ before second-round primary
Conservative who is favourite to win on Sunday dismisses ‘tiny microcosm who think they know everything’
François Fillon, the former French prime minister promising to introduce “electric shock” economic reform, has rounded off his campaign for the right’s presidential nomination by lashing out at what he called the small-minded liberal Paris elite who warned he was a dangerous social reactionary.
The socially conservative, rightwing Fillon – who remains favourite to beat the more moderate, centrist Alain Juppé in the final vote on Sunday – has complained of being depicted as a “medieval” retrograde. His campaign emphasised his Catholic family values in order to appeal to supporters on the religious right who oppose same-sex marriage and adoption rights introduced in #France three years ago.