French right-wing presidential hopefuls spar over Trump win

The candidates for the right-wing party primaries ahead of the 2017 presidential election (from L) Nicolas Sarkozy, Alain Juppe, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Jean-Frederic Poisson and Francois Fillon take part in a televised debateAll eyes in France are on the right-wing nominating contest, whose winner is expected to go on to take the presidency in May in a duel with far-right leader Marine Le Pen. Former president Nicolas Sarkozy, ex-premier Alain Juppe and five other candidates will compete in the first round on Sunday, with the two poll toppers going into a run-off on November 27. Trump’s stunning ascent to the White House loomed large over the last of three debates among the seven candidates.

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