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The 'French Margaret Thatcher'? Former PM Fillon wins conservative primary

François Fillon is the new uncontested leader of the conservatives in France. After his resounding win in the primaries, the former prime minister is already training his sights on a bigger prize: the presidential palace. His most likely opponent will be the far-right leader Marine Le Pen. This is all the more likely because the ruling Socialists are not only deeply unpopular but also deeply divided - so much so that the president and prime minister locked horns in public this week.

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