Former Prime Minister of France Francois Fillon in the lead following the second round of primaries of the center-right opposition from 69.5%. His opponent, also a former Prime Minister Alain Juppe is gaining, respectively, about 30% of the vote. Writes LB.ua these are the first preliminary data released by the organizing Committee of the elections after the closure of polling stations, reports france24.
Juppe conceded defeat and said he will support the candidacy of Fillon during the elections. It is likely that in the second round of primaries Fillon got the voices of those who in the first round supported Nicolas Sarkozy, said Radio France.
Last week the participation in the vote was taken by about 4.3 million people, approximately half a million more than in the primaries left in 2011.
Recent public opinion polls testified to the apparent benefit of françois Fillon. According to various estimates, behind him were ready to vote about 61-65% of the voters.
In the last days, Alain Juppe, was actively criticized his opponent for his too «hard» economic program and «traditionalist» views regarding abortion and gay marriage. He Fillon, who is a practicing Catholic, said he was not going to apologize for their values and urged not to portray him as a «frightened reactionary» and «other extremists».
Juppe condemned the «overly permissive» position Fillon relative to Moscow. In addition, Fillon, whom the media called a friend of Putin, a few days ago said that it did not support the annexation of Crimea, however, he said, should «sit down with Russia to the negotiating table, and by the way, without asking for permission from the Americans.»
A week ago, to everyone’s surprise Francois Fillon by a large margin from rivals was won in the first round of the primaries, gaining more than 44% of the vote. For Alain Juppe voted 28.6% of voters. Ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy took third place in the primaries with 20.7% of the votes and declared his retirement from politics.
The first round of presidential elections in France will take place on 23 April, the second on 7 may.
According to opinion polls, the candidate from «Republican» has a chance to advance to the second round of presidential elections in France with extreme right candidate marine Le Pen.
The presidential primaries of the center-right opposition in France was won by françois Fillon 28.11.2016