Tuesday 21 November 2017

David Quinn

Former French prime minister and candidate for the French right-wing presidential primary Francois Fillon (centre). Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

It's not just 'Catholic zombies' who are rising to scare the mainstream 

France's "Zombie Catholics Have Risen - and They're Voting", says the headline in the American journal, 'Foreign Policy'. The writer isn't best pleased about that. Clue? His use of the word 'zombie'. But his displeasure is kind of beside the point. The point is that in very secular France, millions of Catholic voters have suddenly emerged from the woodwork, or their graves if you prefer, and helped to make Francois Fillon the Republican party candidate and current favourite in next year's presidential election.