De Villiers Is In!
Philippe de Villiers has filed the 500 signatures necessary to be on the presidential ballot. This brief from his website summarizes his statements to the group of reporters waiting for him at the offices of the Constitutional Council:
Philippe de Villiers warmly thanked the mayors of France who, despite the pressures, and sometimes the intimidation, agreed to place their trust in him and to endorse his candidacy. He also praised the work of the MPF party activists and cadres who have traveled the roads of France to meet with the mayors. "It's a first great victory...Now the real campaign begins. I'm going out to meet the French people and offer them my plan that can be summarized in one word: I am the man of patriotism."
Philippe de Villiers went over the major ideas of his platform, explaining that he had three enemies: globalism, socialism and domination by separatist groups (communautarisme). And he proposes three priorities: "European protection to stop the hemorrhage of businesses out of France, a moral and civic renewal to help restore our values that have been undermined by laxism and socialism, and the reestablishment of State authority over separatist groups, notably Islam."