French presidential candidate Fillon rouses Catholics, challenges secularism
[Two French versions of Trump (one male and one female – sort of like the Donald and his first wife Ivana, who fully supports him and wishes to be an ambassador, preferably to her native Czech Republic) running for its presidency by appealing to Catholic (especially traditional) sentiment against “laicit`e” – the French political, social and cultural establishment version of secularism]
Catholic World News – January 03, 2017
Francois Fillon, the Republican candidate for the French presidency, is “tapping a wellspring of Catholic voters who have begun coalescing into a potentially decisive voting bloc,” according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of the campaign.
Fillon, who will face nationalist leader Marine Le Pen in the final contest, scored an upset win over Alain Juppé in November to enter the run-off election. His victory as attributed to his direct appeal to traditional Catholic sentiments, in a direct challenge to decades of astringent secularism.