FRANCE POLITICS: Francois Fillon Biography And Profile
MY COMMITMENT TO THE FRANCE
I love France with every fiber of my body and I fight for it as it fights for his family. I want to help regain its prosperity. I want each French taste for freedom is stronger than fear of failure. I want my fellow citizens are still proud to be French.
Against demagoguery and half measures, I believe in the power of the truth and action. Everywhere, anger and impatience booming. Our system is used but the French energy is there. In every citizen, there is a fire just waiting to shine. She is waiting to be freed from all constraints that block the work, equal opportunities, the will to fight for a successful life. We must put freedom in our economy and order in our Republic.
I propose a very specific project of national transformation. “Doing” is not a slogan, it is my commitment and this is my program for France!
1954 – 1993
IN THE BEGINNING WAS DE GAULLE
I was born in Le Mans 4 March 1954. I grew up in the countryside surrounded by three brothers of which I am the eldest. I kept with the rural world an emotional connection very strong, that today still, I feel a slight discomfort if I remain far too long.
At that time, I also developed a passion for motor racing or mountaineering which remained strong interests. Mountaineering is done slowly and meditation, cruise control and concentration. Few activities seem more antagonistic in appearance. They nevertheless join in confronting the risk and the discipline it imposes, and that’s why I like to practice them.
Those early years, I mostly keeps a great admiration for General de Gaulle. At 15, I had a picture of him in my room. I admired the man who shook the History, the rebel, the reformer.
Another meeting, closer, was decisive during these formative years: the one with the Theule Joel, an elected Sarthe, who gave me a taste for political engagement. In 1981, I took her by following me elected deputy of the Sarthe to 27 years, and thus becoming the youngest member of the National Assembly. In 1986, my re-election, I took the presidency of the Commission national Defence and the Armed Forces of the Assembly. After being the youngest member of the previous parliament, while I was the youngest chairperson of the Fifth Republic. I then took part in the committee for the transition to professional army, capable of meeting the threats of the post cold war.
Thereafter, the voters of the Sarthe renewed me 8 times their trust to represent them in Parliament and have held almost all the responsibilities in local government: Mayor Sable, President of the General Council of the Sarthe , Regional Councillor, President of the Regional Council of Pays de la Loire.
It is in the Sarthe as I married in 1980 with Penelope. We had 5 children aged 33 to 14 years today. Whenever possible, I try to spend Sunday with my family and personal time. I play sports, I read and I devote myself to a hobby is photography.
1993 – 2004
THE TIME OF THE FIRST REFORMS
I entered for the first time the government in 1993 as Minister of Higher Education and Research Edouard Balladur. In this corporate function, like all those occupied after, I enrolled as a “modernizer” attached to modernity. As Minister in charge of Post, Telecommunications and Space, between 1995 and 1997 j ‘I did vote to end the monopoly of France Telecom and the principle of openness of its capital.
In 2002, then Minister of Social Affairs, Labour and Solidarity, I conducted structural reforms on working time and on pensions, convinced that life expectancy progressed, it became necessary to delay the age the legal retirement.
Between 2004 and 2005, I was at heart as Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research (2004-2005), to pass a law with a focus on a common set of basic skills in primary and safety at school. I was also at the origin of the circular banning religious symbols in schools, considering that it is the role of the state to uphold secularism is nothing other than expression of tolerance and respect for personal convictions as they do not threaten national unity. The school – such as hospitals or public services – are open to all provided you follow the rules of secularism.
During these years I have remained very close to Philippe Seguin. I argued in his fights in the National Assembly against the Maastricht Treaty, which neglected the political Europe and our sovereignty; to become president of the RPR in 1997 to rebuild the Gaullist movement. I experienced the sudden death of Philippe Seguin as a tear. I shared with him years of great political and personal complicity.
2004 – 2012
PRIME MINISTER TO MODERNIZE FRANCE
From 2004, I supported Nicolas Sarkozy, who was, in my opinion, the most likely to win the 2007 presidential elections.
We then shared the same hope of turning the French right. He like myself, we refused to wait forever that the reforms we defended for years will not do because it was never time to do. The break we called both of our vows was a break with the way France was governed for 25 years.
It is in this spirit that we have built together a presidential project to modernize France, rejuvenate our republican pact, to rebuild our social base and to unleash our economic potential. We won the 2007 presidential election with this innovative project.
In 2007, newly appointed Prime Minister, I am the first to mention the gravity of the situation in France and speak of a failed state.
As in previous mandates, I had at heart to “do” as Prime Minister. We have initiated many reforms throughout the five-year period: university autonomy, general review of public policies with the decrease in the number of officials, tax exemption of overtime, minimum service in transport, the retirement age of decline, reform the entrepreneur, feminization of the governing bodies of large enterprises and equal pay for men / women …
A BREAK IS CALLED FREEDOM
The 2012 presidential election was lost on the wire in a context of economic and financial crisis will have spared no European government facing elections.
If the 2007 campaign commitments have been met, I also recognize that we have not gone far enough and hard to change the country. A Matignon I was bound by the institutions. As time passed I felt more in me a kind of revolt against the French downgrade as our country has all the qualities to recover and surprise the world.
Today I think hold the project that France needs. If I have to summarize it in one word, I choose: freedom. France is suffocating under the norms, constraints, regulations and taxes. Our software inherited 30 glorious became obsolete. The French like to enjoy more freedom and responsibility. This is the key to success in making France the first European power in 10 years.
The French demand action; They want politicians lead the reforms that the country needs and we have too long postponed. They want their security is guaranteed and the soul of France defended. Today, I have no other ambition than to make like the title of the book I published a few months ago by Albin Michel.
With this ambition for the country, I also published a manifesto entitled “Daring to say, dare to do,” which is a first in perspective of my program with strong proposals in education, economy, competitiveness, immigration or state reform and the functioning of government.
With your help, I am determined to pursue this business of refoundation of France in 2017.
– Francois Fillon Biography And Profile