Francois Fillon

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Four of the main French presidential candidates (L-R): Francois Fillon, Emmanuel Macron, Jean-Luc Melenchon and Marine Le Pen

Opinion: Populists, demagogues and the French elections

The intellectually arrogant arguments against “populism” fail to consider that it is an important ingredient in any democracy. It is demagoguery that is dangerous. And there is plenty of that in France’s election campaign. With many of the candidates railing against “inequality” – a strength, not a weakness of mankind – only Francois Fillon, who supports free markets and an EU that acts as a fatherland of the fatherlands, has a realistic economic and social agenda.

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