France’s Next President Could Spell Trouble for Ties With the U.S.—and NATO

French Republican party presidential candidate Francois Fillon during a press conference at his campaign headquarters, Paris, Feb. 6, 2017 (AP photo by Christophe Ena).
French Republican party presidential candidate Francois Fillon during a press conference at his campaign headquarters, Paris, Feb. 6, 2017 (AP photo by Christophe Ena).
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The French presidential campaign was already off to a surprising start, with dark-horse candidates having won both of the major parties’ primaries. It was thrown into further disarray two weeks ago by the scandal engulfing conservative Republican party candidate and erstwhile frontrunner, Francois Fillon, who is accused of paying his wife hundreds of thousands of euros in salary while he was a member of Parliament for work she never performed. Fillon has denied any wrongdoing and refused to bow out, but his candidacy, based in part on his reputation as a clean politician, has taken a severe hit. The scandal […]

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