Former Premiers Knock Sarkozy Out of Presidential Contest

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

  • 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.