Francois Charles Amand Fillon was born in La Mans, Sarthe, France on the 4th March 1954. Fillon has held many government functions including: Minister of Higher Education and Research: 1993–1995; Minister of Information Technologies and Posts: May–November 1995; Minister responsible for Posts, Telecommunications and Space: 1995–1997; Minister of Social Affairs, Labour and Solidarity: 2002–2004; Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research: 2004–2005; Prime Minister: 2007-2012; Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing: February to May 2012.
Fillon of The Republicans who along with Marine Le Pen of the National Front were leading the first-round opinion polls between November 2016 and January 2017. After ‘Penelopegate’, Fillon was overtaken by Emmanuel Macron.
Fillon is currently facing preliminary investigations by state financial prosecutors into possible misuse of public funds, known as ‘Penelopegate’. The investigations were instigated after Le Canard Enchaine lecanardenchaine claimed on the 18th January 2017 that Fillon paid his wife Penelope Fillon €500,000 from parliamentary funds over an eight year period and that she didn’t actually undertake any work. On the 31st January 2017Le Canard Enchaine reported that Penelope Fillon was actually paid a total sum of €831,440 for 15 years of her parliamentary assistant work. It was also reported that Fillon had paid two of his children €84,000 for little apparent actual work. On the 6th February Fillon held a press conference where he said “”It was a mistake and I apologize to the French” but also said that the salary of his wife was “perfectly justified”. Le Monde – Fillon Conference
Francois Fillon received 20.01% of the vote in the 1st Round of the 2017 French Presidential election which placed him 3rd behind Emmaunel Macron on 24.01% and Marine Le Pen on 21.30%. It was at this stage that he was eliminated.