Ex-French PM's 'strategic' softening on far right

By

François Fillon causes party row by calling for end to treating the far-right National Front as a political pariah, but analysts see it as merely a tactic.

Reading articles is for subscribers only. Subscribe now.

Former French prime minister François Fillon – a known centrist – caused a political storm last week when he called on his centre-right UMP party to abandon its long-held policy of treating the far-right National Front (FN) as a pariah, reports FRANCE 24.