After a big weekend of campaign launches, most candidates are now in place for the 2017 presidential race.
What hope of finding a candidate who can hold onto the presidency?
Where do we go from here? After a dramatic year, we look ahead to some key economic and political trends that will influence our lives over the next 12 months.
He's the surprise winner of the republican nomination, but Fillon is in a strong position to attack the weaknesses of the far right.
While the French public comes to terms with a series of appalling attacks, politicians seize the opportunity to position themselves ahead of next year's Presidential election.
The far right isn't afraid to admit to fear in the wake of brutal attacks like the one in Nice. More mainstream politicians would be wise to follow suit.