Sarkozy knocked out of French presidential race

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech to concede defeat in the first round of the rightwing presidential primary, at his campaign headquarters on November 20, 2016 in ParisFormer French president Nicolas Sarkozy crashed out of the presidential election on Sunday, suffering a humiliating defeat in the first round of the rightwing primary. Sarkozy was beaten into third place after a stunning upset by Francois Fillon, who served as his prime minister, with the veteran Alain Juppe finishing second. The surprise result puts Fillon in a commanding position for next Sunday’s second round of a contest that is widely expected to decide France’s next leader.

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