As it happened: Fillon wins French conservative presidential primary
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François Fillon on Sunday declared victory in France’s conservative presidential primary after beating his more moderate rival Alain Juppé. Check out the events of the election contest as they happened with FRANCE 24’s blog below.
- Fillon declares victory in French conservative presidential primary after securing 67.2 percent of the vote against Juppé’s 32.8 percent, following results from more than three quarters of the country's polling stations.
- The pro-business François Fillon, France’s prime minister from 2007 and 2012, won the first round of the conservative primary (44.1 percent) last Sunday and was seen as the favourite.
- Alain Juppé, also a former prime minister and the current mayor of Bordeaux, was seen as the more moderate of the two candidates.
- With the ruling Socialists all but written off, opinion polls have suggested that the winner in Sunday night’s contest would likely face – and defeat – far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the presidential run-off in 2017.