>> France gets one step closer to choosing its next president. The right-wing
firmly putting their faith behind this man, former Prime Minister Francois Fillon. And the results forcing his likely rival to change tack. I'm Reuters' reporter Mia Womersley, outside the Elysee Palace. Now, he may have swept to victory on Sunday night and be the pollster's favorite to win the election come May.
But in order to get his hands on the keys, Fillon may certainly have to do battle with the increasingly popular far right candidate, Marine Le Pen.>> She didn't think one second that it would be Francois Fillon.>> Nonna Mayer, Research Director of Sciences Po, explains how the National Front leader will try to take down her new rival.
>> What's negative for the national front is that he is a real, full fledged, right wing candidate but that can also be an asset for Marine Le Pen. She says that he has forgotten the social issues. He has forgotten that you have the working class. They need higher wages.
They need social protections. And the second line of attack will be, he is part of the elites. He has been Prime Minister of Nicolas Sarkozy for five years. Why didn't he do all this things when he was there?>> Fillon though will fight back with his free market right to economic reforms.
He wants to raise the retirement age, cut back social security and scrap the countries 35 hour working week. But following major protests over milder labor reforms this year that could be a tough sell.>> Now, he'll have to show that he is the president of everybody, of all the French.
Beyond party lines, maybe moderate his stances. Marine Le Pen is certainly going to try and attract part of the working class on the idea that nobody is representing them anymore.>> With five months to go Fillon is the favorite. But with a wave of populism sweeping through Europe and across the Atlantic, Le Pen is convinced she could go all the way.
As both candidates try to win over an electorate angry with unemployment and fearful of militant attacks, it's likely to be a pretty ugly fight.