Born on March 4th 1954 in Le Mans, François FILLON holds a Master in public law and a postgraduate degree (DEA) in public law and political science. He entered the French Parliament in 1981 as the youngest MP of the new assembly. He was then elected as Mayor of Sablé-sur-Sarthe, Chairman of the Sarthe General Council, Chairman of the Pays de la Loire Region Council and Senator for Sarthe. François FILLON has been a member of several governments as Minister for National Education, Higher Education and Research, Minister of Social Affairs, Labour and Solidarity, Minister for Information Technology and the Post Office, and Minister Delegate with responsibility for the Post Office, Telecommunications and Space. As Minister, he undertook several important and controversial reforms of the French education system, the 35-hour working week law and the French retirement system.
In 2007, he was appointed Prime Minister of France by President Nicolas SARKOZY and served in that position until the defeat to François HOLLANDE in the 2012 presidential elections.
In June 2012, François FILLON was elected Member of Parliament for the 2nd district of Paris. He is running in the primary race that will designate the right-wing candidate for the 2017 French presidential election.