Conservative Fillon Triumphs in French Presidential Primary

Republican voters pick François Fillon over Alain Juppé to lead their party into next year’s election.

Former French prime ministers Alain Juppé and François Fillon
Former French prime ministers Alain Juppé and François Fillon (UN Geneva/EPP)
  • 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.

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