The pro-business François Fillon, France’s prime minister from 2007 and 2012, won the first round of the conservative primary (44.1 percent) last Sunday and is the favourite. Alain Juppé, also a former prime minister and the current mayor of Bordeaux, was seen as the more moderate of the two candidates. (France24)
Fillon said he want to reach out to “all those who want to serve our country.” (Le Monde)
“The campaign won by François Fillon gives just a small idea of the obstacles that he will have to overcome all obstacles to win presidential elections but overall to govern without disappointing French,” wrote Alexis Brézet, managing editor of Figaro .
“Fillon doesn’t fold“, titles Liberation.
Macron launches an appeal to Juppé voters. (BMFTV)