Conservative Fillon wins French presidential primary

French member of Parliament and candidate for the right-wing primaries ahead of France's 2017 presidential elections, Francois Fillon delivers a speech following the first results of the primary's second round on November 27, 2016Francois Fillon, a conservative reformist promising to shrink the French state, on Sunday clinched the rightwing nomination for next year’s presidential election with a resounding victory over his rival Alain Juppe. Ex-prime minister Fillon, 62, will now become a favourite to be France’s next leader after winning the US-style primary to pick the nominee of the Republicans party and its allies. “France can no longer bear its decline.

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