Keyword: Benoist Apparu

Allies start to desert him as Fillon vows to stay in election

Latest opinion poll shows that only 25 percent of people now want right-winger to continue as a candidate, as senior supporters jump ship.

How the roof collapsed on French home ownership dream

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When he was elected in 2007, French president Nicolas Sarkozy presented an ambitious programme to increase home ownership in France, raising the number of French households that are owner occupiers from 57% to 70%.  But five years on, despite introducing tax breaks and interest-free loan schemes, the figure has inched to just 58%, a similar increase to the previous five-year presidential term. Ellen Salvi reports on what went wrong.