Catholic centralist unsettling French political certainties


It was supposed to be a race between conservative candidate Nicolas Sarkozy and socialist Segelene Royal. But an uninvited outsider has crashed the party. Now, centrist leader Francois Bayrou has a legitimate shot at moving in to the Elysees Palace. With only five weeks to go before the first round of elections, the 55-year-old Catholic, a father of six children and farmer, has figured out how to position himself as an anti-establishment candidate, hero of the common man and antidote to voters' dissatisfaction with the government and politics - Stefan Simons

Catholic centralist unsettling French political certainties