French Republicans Have Eight Candidates in Presidential Primary

  • Sarkozy, Juppe, Fillon among contendors to vie for nomination
  • Former ministers, two lawmakers meet filing deadline

Eight candidates registered to seek the 2017 presidential nomination of France’s Republican party, including former President Nicolas Sarkozy and former Prime Minister Alain Juppe, the authority running the contest said on its website.

The others who met the Friday deadline are Francois Fillon, also a former prime minister, as well as former ministers Bruno Le Maire, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet and Jean-Francois Cope along with lawmakers Herve Mariton and Jean-Frederic Poisson.

The primary in November is the first step in the race for the presidency that culminates in two rounds of nationwide voting on April 23 and May 7 next year. With polls showing Socialist incumbent Francois Hollande at record low popularity for any French president, candidates for the center-right Republicans see their party as virtually a shoo-in to reclaim office.

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