Former Premiers Knock Sarkozy Out of Presidential Contest

François Fillon and Alain Juppé receive the most support from voters, forcing Nicolas Sarkozy out of the race.

French presidential candidates Alain Juppé, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Fillon
French presidential candidates Alain Juppé, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Fillon (UN Geneva/EPP/Force Républicaine)
  • French conservatives voted in the first round of the Republicans’ presidential primary on Sunday.
  • Out of seven candidates, former prime ministers François Fillon and Alain Juppé got the most support. They will face off in a second voting round next week.
  • Of the two, Juppé is the more mainstream and pro-European candidate.
  • Nicolas Sarkozy, the former president, placed third and was eliminated.
  • Given the unpopularity of the ruling Socialist Party, whoever prevails in the right’s primary is likely to become president in 2017.

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