Rumours that somebody like the colourless François Fillon could become candidate for the EU Commission Presidency are making me afraid that instead of Barroso we just get a clone.
Coulisses de Bruxelles formulates it like this (own translation):
Fillon, from a Brussels perspective, has many qualities: He is a jurist, discrete, free of the arrogance that is generally associated to French people, married to a British, and he is considered to be an excellent professional. His is able to absorb the Sarkozyan tempers while keeping his good-will and he is showing that he is able to lead a complex administration such as the Commission's.In other terms: He would be somebody who could work silently with the member states' representatives in the Council without disturbing them. He keeps a low public profile because he is rather an administrator than a politician. He could continue the bad work of Mr Barroso while selling the notion of "change".
I am afraid. And concerned for the political future of the Union. I hope it's just rumours!