François Fillon proudly affirms his Catholic faith during election campaign

I am a Gaullist, and what’s more, I am a Christian,” French centre-right candidate François Fillon said during an interview with TF1. An unusual move in the country of the “laïcité” during the campaign.

Some French politicians saw the statement as “radical” and even condemned it, including former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. François Fillon’s Catholic faith is a secret for no one, but it’s one of the few times when a presidential candidate has openly stated his religious beliefs during the presidential campaign.