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Conservative Fillon wins presidential primary

By Agence France-presse in Paris ( China Daily ) Updated: 2016-11-29 07:55:58

He will face fierce competition in April and May from far-right leader Marine Le Pen

Francois Fillon, a conservative reformist promising to shrink the French state, on Sunday clinched the rightwing nomination for next year's presidential election with a resounding victory over his rival Alain Juppe.

Former prime minister Fillon, 62, will now become a favorite to be France's next leader after winning the US-style primary to pick the nominee of The Republicans party and its allies.

Conservative Fillon wins presidential primary

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