Fillon has lost the first round of the presidential elections; the second round is on 7 May between Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron.
In her 1 May speech, in the Parc des expositions in Villepinte, Le Pen wanted to show how important French culture and language were for her.
Contacted by Le Monde the same day, the director of Le Pen’s campaign, David Rachline, said that he was not aware of this plagiarism, or who the author of the speech was. Later, he stated that it “was a nod to a short touching passage on a speech on France, of a uniting candidate who is not sectarian”.
However, according to RTL, the plagiarism results from notes by Paul-Marie Coûteaux, who had written Fillon’s speech. Le Monde contacted Coûteaux, who stated that the notes came from one of his books, which he had “shortened” for Fillon. He also stated that he had not been contacted by Le Pen or by her speech writers recently.
You can see the whole video (simultaneous juxtaposition of the two speeches) here: