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Latest update : 2016-11-23

French conservative primary: An unexpected runoff

In a stunning upset, François Fillon, the former prime minister who was considered out of contention just two weeks ago, not only won, but won a resounding victory in the first round of France's conservative primary on Sunday. He will face off against the man who was the supposed favourite, Alain Juppé. Fillon's triumph also means that the man under whom he served as prime minister, former president Nicolas Sarkozy, is out of the race - and, at least for a while - out of politics.

By Marc PERELMAN

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French presidential race: Is Emmanuel Macron unstoppable?

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