In the second round of the primaries of the right and centrists in France after counting more than half of the votes are held two former Prime Ministers – Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe. The former head of state, Nicolas Sarkozy, apparently out of the presidential race.
According to the official information of the organizing Committee of the primaries, which cites RIA “Novosti”, after the counting of votes 5496 from 10228 the polling stations, Fillon gaining 43.6 per cent Juppe was 26.7%, and Sarkozy is only 22.9%. Other candidates gained less than 3% each.
Having learnt preliminary results, Sarkozy has conceded defeat in the elections and announced the intention to withdraw from active political life to concentrate on family. “It’s time for me to move on to life, which will have more personal passion and less passion public”, – quotes the ex-President TASS.
Polling stations closed on Sunday at 19:00 local time (21:00 Moscow). The primary elections of the centre-right the centre of attention because, due to the falling popularity of the ruling Socialist party and President Francois Hollande, Fillon, or Juppe are the Prime candidates to be the next President of France.
Experts expect that the fight in the primaries will be almost equal, and the first round did not reveal a clear winner. Polls showed that Sarkozy and Juppe were the favorites of the vote, and Fillon behind them by 2-3 percent.
The second round, which will be held between the two candidates who had the most in the first, held on November 27.
In France believe that the presidential elections in 2017, the main battle will waged between the center-right candidate and leader of the French far-right party “national front” marine Le Pen.
The latter, commenting on the victory of Donald trump at the election of the US President, last week said: “I hope that in France people also decide to overturn the table – the table where the elite divides what belongs to the French people”. Before the French voters, she added, will be a choice between a multicultural society and the “independent country where people can decide their destiny.”