Sympathetic to Russia Francois Fillon has a strong lead in the second round of primaries of the center-right in France
Former Prime Minister of France Francois Fillon, according to preliminary data, with a big lead in the second round of primaries of the center-right opposition. As reported TASS, said orgkomiteta election after the polls closed for voting.
According to the head of the organizing Committee Ann Levada, Fillon, sympathetic to Russia, gaining 69.5 percent of the votes and his rival Alain juppé – 30.5 per cent. This intermediate data according to the results of counting of votes on 2.1 thousand plots.
The second round of voting in the primaries of the centre-right opposition took place in most parts of France on Sunday from 8:00 to 19:00 local time (10:00 to 21:00 Moscow).
The fight in the second round of primaries were the two candidates who received the most votes in the first round last Sunday. First place was taken by former Prime Minister of France Francois Fillon, who was supported by 44.1 per cent of voters. The second considered the main favorite of the race the mayor of Bordeaux, Alain Juppe.
Failure of the primaries ended for the ex-President of the Republic Nicolas Sarkozy, who couldn’t pass the second round, finishing third with a score of 20.7%. Soon, Sarkozy announced his retirement from politics and the desire to spend more time with his family.
The final vote in the second round of primaries will be announced and approved by the organizing Committee next week on the results of ballot counting from all 10,2 thousand polling stations.
Presidential elections in France are scheduled for spring 2017. According to current forecasts, the candidate of the center-right will have higher chances of winning the race. Experts expect that the main competitor, the center-right by the leader “natsfronta” marine Le Pen.