We had a 1.15 billion (euros) ($1.62 billion) deficit at the end of 2006Prime minister: French finances 'critical' Sep 24, 2007
We are going to engage in renewal, we are going to experiment with new ideas, we are going to enhance the status of work, we are going to encourage talent and innovation, and we are going to free ourselves from the defeatism which is suffocating the republicSarkozy's party sees 'mandate' in election Jun 18, 2007
To allow the allies and friends of France, whether the U.S. or Israel, to be insulted without reacting is a serious mistakeSegolene Royal chided for Mideast meeting Dec 04, 2006
The fight against terrorism continues and it is going to strengthen, particularly against (al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb)France vows to push al-Qaida fight Jul 27, 2010
François Charles Armand Fillon (French pronunciation: ; born 4 March 1954 in Le Mans, Sarthe) is Prime Minister of France. He was appointed to that office by President Nicolas Sarkozy on 17 May 2007. He served initially until 13 November 2010 when he resigned from being prime minister before a planned cabinet reshuffle.
On 14 November 2010, French President Nicolas Sarkozy reappointed Fillon as prime minister.
As a member of the UMP party, Fillon became Jean-Pierre Raffarin's Minister of Labour in 2002 and undertook controversial reforms of the 35-hour working week law and of the French retirement system (Lois Fillon). He became Minister of Education and Research in 2004 and proposed the much debated Fillon law on Education. In 2005, he was not included in the new government headed by Dominique de Villepin, but was elected senator for the Sarthe département. His role as a political advisor in Nicolas Sarkozy's successful race for president led to his current post.