Shock Loss for Sarkozy as Fillon Becomes Favourite for French President


An emotional Nicolas Sarkozy dropped out of the primary to be the centre-right Les Republicain party nominee for French president today.

Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe progress through to the next round in the race to decide who will likely face off against Front National leader Marine Le Pen in the country’s presidential elections next year.


Reuters reports:

Former prime ministers Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe were seen qualifying for a second round runoff of France’s conservative primaries on Sunday, first partial results of the vote showed, in what would be a major upset for ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy.

If the voting trend is confirmed the two men will go head-to-head on Nov. 27, with the winner of that contest likely to win election as France’s next president in May.

According to results based on 6,491 polling stations out of a total 10,228, Fillon was seen gathering 43.5 percent of the votes, Juppe 27.6 percent and Sarkozy 22.1 percent, with the gap with Sarkozy widening from the first partial results.

But while the establishment media and the polls still stress a likely victory for Les Republicains over the Front National next year, Ms. Le Pen improved her position against Mr. Sarkozy ahead of today’s primary.

A number of different scenarios are currently being analysed, depending on whom her opponents choose to face her in April and May next year.

According to recent numbers by Ipsos, Mr. Juppe would beat Ms. Le Pen in the second round of voting next year.

But the Front National chief has been buoyed by the anti-establishment victories of Brexit in the United Kingdom, and the election of Donald Trump in the United States. This Western fight back against the political mainstream, she hopes, will catapult her into the Elysee Palace next year.

“If Trump is possible, then everything is possible. Nothing, from now on, is unimaginable,” French philsopher Bernard Henri-Lévy told The Telegraph, adding“The people listen less and less to policy and they even seem less concerned about whether the candidates are telling the truth or not”.

And today’s result has also dealt a blow to psephologists and election commentators.

Mr. Sarkozy was expected to sail through to the next round in the primaries, while Francois Fillon was expected to lose.

According to French pollsters, a victory for Mr. Sarkozy provided the path of least resistence to the presidency for Ms. Le Pen, though critics of Les Republicains privately argue that Mr. Juppe’s prior criminal conviction for abuse of public funds also makes him weaker against Ms. Le Pen.

As of Sunday evening, Mr. Fillon — a former Sarkozy appointee and economic neo-liberal — is the favourite to be the next French president.

View the original article:

The Socialist Party is not expected to progress beyond the first round of voting next year.

In the same category are

FrontRow Wearable Camera is Perfect Accessory for Flavor Flav Cosplay Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it. If only Ferris Bueller had a FrontRow camera. The latest ...
Neo-Nazi blog The Daily Stormer tries to move to Russian domain (Credit: Getty/Chip Somodevilla) An American neo-Nazi website has taken a cue from Donald Trump Jr. by looking to Russians for help. Less than a day ...
Martin Shkreli thinks he’ll be president someday (Credit: AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Do you think Martin Shkreli, aka the “Pharma Bro,” is destined to become an American president? If you don&...
Ben Affleck Promises Changes for Justice League’s Batman and Casey Affleck Teases a Bigger One It’s no secret that the DCEU has had some problems. The incredibly bleak tone that plagued Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman had many fans wondering...
Donald Trump’s CEO advisory councils are done, but who eliminated them? Jeff Bezos, Larry Page, Sheryl Sandberg, Mike Pence, Donald Trump and Peter Thiel meet at Trump Tower in New York, December 14, 2016. (Credit: Getty/...
Navigating Paradox, Reality Bubbles, & Multiple Worldviews with VR Dr. Marilyn Schlitz is a social anthropologist, consciousness researcher, and co-author of the books Consciousness & Healing and Living Deeply. He...

Dont forget to “Like” us on Facebook

Need something to share, visit our sister site for the news this week in a clear concise package ….

Comment on this story