Ex-prime minister Alain Juppé said on Monday “once and for all” that he won’t stand in France’s presidential race.
Alain Juppé has ruled himself out of the French presidential race, as his party’s preferred candidate struggles with an employment scandal.
It is proving to be an eventful day for French presidential candidate Francois Fillon.
The 62-year-old has categorically refused to give up his bid to be the next French president despite being caught up in an inquiry into alleged misuse of public funds.
Francois Fillon looks set to win the French Republican primaries.
Francois Fillon or Alain Juppe, both candidates have now cast their ballots, and now it’s up to France to choose who it wants to represent Les Republicains.
Fillon and Juppe face off in the second round of the conservative primaries, with the former favourite to win the nomination in opinion polls.
The contenders to represent "Les Républicains" in the 2017 election have held their final campaign rallies ahead of Sunday's vote.
François Fillon and Alain Juppé, centre-right rivals, but both part of the French establishment, and both former prime ministers.
The winner of Sunday's run-off primary vote will be the official centre-right candidate for the presidential election next year.
With France’s presidential election just months away, parties are picking their candidates in US-style primaries.
French right-wing rivals faced off in the first presidential primary debate to decide the conservative nomination.
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