Fillon has a good working relationship with Russia's Putin, financier of M. Le Pen's little club of family members - Grandpa, Mamie and now the Le Pen granddaughter. The FN is not so much a political party as a tribal family with cronies, like the Bush and Clinton dynasties, which have been disavowed.
Fillon's knowledge of Russia will please would-be Le Pen voters, and take votes away from her. Yes, Le Pen is more radical than Trump and that defunct party UKIP. Le Pen wants Frexit plus out of the euro and into France's old currency the French Franc, so that France can devalue, instead of proper reforms.Read more