Former Premiers Knock Sarkozy Out of Presidential Contest

François Fillon and Alain Juppé force Nicolas Sarkozy out of the Republican primary.

Nicolas Sarkozy
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy meets with other European conservative leaders in Brussels, June 28 (EPP)
  • Former prime ministers François Fillon and Alain Juppé got the most support in the first round of the French center-right’s presidential primary on Sunday.
  • Of the two, Juppé is the more mainstream and pro-European candidate.
  • Nicolas Sarkozy, the former president, placed third and was eliminated from the contest.
  • The winner will be decided in a second voting round next week.