> But aids of the far-right candidate were unrepentant, brushing off criticism of the copycat performance, saying they completely owned up to the resemblance.
The likeness setting social media alight. It was the second most trending topic on Twitter in France.>>
And that it was a nod and a wink to Fillon's earlier discourse to launch a real debate over French identity. Le Pen's campaign manager painting the speech as a form of tribute to François Fillon, who's not commented so far.