Francois Fillon achieves landslide primary win for French conservative party The Republicans

Francois Fillon, a social conservative from France’s Catholic right and former prime minister, won Frances Les Republicains party primary on 27 November. He will now contest next springs presidential election.With votes from four-fifths of 10,228 polling stations counted, Fillon, who went into the second-round run-off as firm favourite, had won over 67% of the vote in a head-to-head battle with another ex-prime minister, Alain Juppe.All eyes now turn to the ruling Socialist party and to whether President Francois Hollande will decide to run for the left-wing ticket in his partys primaries in January.Opinion polls suggest neither he nor any left-wing candidate would make the second round of the presidential election itself next May, leaving Fillon a clear run at the anti-EU, anti-immigration National Front leader Le Pen that the surveys predict him to win. 6 days ago

Fidel Castro: His life and legacy

Cuba’s former communist leader Fidel Castro has died, aged 90.In 1959 Castro led revolutionary forces to successfully overthrow dictator Fulgencio Batista.He became Cuba’s prime minister from 1959 to 1976 and its president from 1976 to 2008.He will be cremated on Saturday, according to his brother and successor Raul Castro. 8 days ago

Arsene Wenger speaks out on Crewe sexual abuse investigation

When asked about his opinion on the current investigation into sexual abuse of young football players by former Crewe Alexandra coach Barry Bennell, Arsene Wenger spoke out for the hundreds and thousands of coaches who did not behave inappropriately.The accusations against Bennell sparked new investigations in a case that football player Andy Woodward - who made the first of the more recent claims against Bennell - called potentially worse than Savile. 8 days ago