Francois Fillon, winner of the presidential primary for the 'conservative' arm of French politics has found himself wrapped up in scandal just a few months before the French presidential election and stands accused of misusing millions of euros of public money.
He has recently been accused of paying his wife €500,000 for work she doesn't seem to have done as his assistant and giving further sums of money to his children. He refutes the allegations though he is facing a full judicial inquiry.
Fillon is tipped to be the one who will face off against Marine Le Pen in the presidential election in April.
We found out everything you need to know about him.
Who is François Fillon?
62-year-old Fillon is an experienced lawyer and politician, and served as prime minister under Sarkozy between 2007 and 2012.
Although Fillon is said to be an admirer of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, on the political spectrum he is just to the left of Sarkozy who manoeuvred slightly to the right in an effort to steal votes from Le Pen and Front National.
What are Fillon’s policies?
Among his plans, Fillon says under his leadership there would be an end to the 35-hour working week in the private sector, and a return to the 39-hour week in the public sector.
He says he intends to lower taxes and cut around €100 billion in public spending over five years, which would see half a million civil service jobs cut.
He intends to encourage entrepreneurship with the creation of an independent fund and hopes to create between 500,000 and a million private-sector jobs as a result.
His more controversial policies include plans to raise the retirement age from 62 to 65, the banning of adoption by same-sex couples and a referendum on an immigration quota.
What are his views on Brexit?
In a speech at the National Assembly, Fillon called for a fast and peaceful divorce between the UK and the EU.
Fillon said that British MEPs should no longer be attending parliament in Brussels and voting on EU decisions.
He called on the remaining member states to put pressure on the UK to agree an imminent deadline to leave the union and, while wishing to be neighbourly, stated that one cannot leave a hotel, stop paying and still benefit from a roof, room and board.
His priorities are to reach out to French nationals living in the UK and then to refocus the EU’s priorities.
“By trying to take care of everything, the EU misses the point. We will never be a federal state. We are too different to get there,” he said.
“We have no obligation to sign an unbalanced transatlantic treaty, nor to suffer the Asian economic domination.
“And to protect our economies from the Chinese dumping, we need a strong and lucid Europe.”
And what about his personal life?
Despite his hard-line view on Brexit, Fillon is regarded as an Anglophile as he is married to Briton Penelope Clarke of Llanover, Monmouthshire, with whom he has five children.
The pair met while Clarke was teaching English on her gap year in Le Mans.
He also often has speaking engagements at British universities including the London School of Economics.