Focus on France

Competition in France's conservative camp as reshuffle looms

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French Prime Minister François Fillon.
French Prime Minister François Fillon. Reuters

It was make or break time for French Prime Minister François Fillon on French television on Sunday night. Facing a government reshuffle by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in October, Fillon could be said to be positioning himself as a possible future presidential candidate. He has remained obedient to Sarkozy since his appointment in 2007,maintaining what he calls an “alliance”. But is now the time for him to go it alone?