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- 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.