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- French conservatives on Sunday nominated former prime minister François Fillon as their presidential candidate.
- Alain Juppé, another former prime minister, lost the second voting round in the Republicans’ first-ever presidential primary with 33 to 67 percent support.
- Given the unpopularity of the ruling Socialist Party, Fillon is now the favorite to win the presidency in 2017.
- His core supporters are the “discreet bourgeoisie” of France’s more affluent provinces.
- Fillon is relatively pro-Russian and could, as president, clash with Germany and other EU countries that support a hard line against Moscow.