With the dawn of the New Year, the presidential hopefuls from France's mainstream political parties have begun to set out their plans ahead of the vote in the spring.
Widely tipped to be France’s next President, François Fillon stormed to victory in US-style primaries last weekend to become the centre-right’s candidate.
Francois Fillon, France’s dark horse in the primaries is now a strong favourite for president.
Socially conservative, free market and pro-Russia are just some of the terms used to describe France's centre-right candidate for next year's presidential election.
Francois Fillon looks set to win the French Republican primaries.
Francois Fillon or Alain Juppe, both candidates have now cast their ballots, and now it’s up to France to choose who it wants to represent Les Republicains.
Fillon and Juppe face off in the second round of the conservative primaries, with the former favourite to win the nomination in opinion polls.
The contenders to represent "Les Républicains" in the 2017 election have held their final campaign rallies ahead of Sunday's vote.