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Ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy fails to make second round of Republican Party primary

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Ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy fails to make second round of Republican Party primary

<p>Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been knocked out of a primary to choose the presidential candidate of the centre-right Republican Party.</p> <p>The two men who will face each other in a run-off next Sunday are both former prime ministers Francois Fillon and Alan Juppe.</p> <p>Admitting defeat Sarkozy said he would be supporting moderate Fillon and implied he was retiring from politics.</p> <p>“It is now time for me to approach a life with more private passion and less public passion. Good luck to France,” he told his supporters.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Je souhaite le meilleur pour mon pays et pour celui qui aura à conduire la France que j'aime tant – NS <a href="https://t.co/xNYy61YUVV">pic.twitter.com/xNYy61YUVV</a></p>— Nicolas Sarkozy (@NicolasSarkozy) <a href="https://twitter.com/NicolasSarkozy/status/800451750045970432">November 20, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Francois Fillion has surprised many by winning the first round with 44% of the vote. Until a week ago the social conservative with economically liberal ideas had not even been expected to make it through to the second round.</p> <p>The candidate who had been favourite, conservative moderate Alain Juppe, goes through in second place with just over 28 %. </p> <p>Next week’s winner will compete in the 2017 presidential election. With France’s socialists unpopular a face-off against far-right leader Marine Le Pen is on the cards..</p>