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Juppe Widens Lead Over Sarkozy in French Primary, Ifop Poll Says

  • Sarkozy’s Republican backing offset by Juppe’s center support
  • Primary race remains tight, pollster Frederic Dabi says

Former Prime Minister Alain Juppe is extending his lead over former President Nicolas Sarkozy in their battle for the 2017 presidential nomination of France’s Republican party, a poll showed.

Juppe is the preferred candidate of 39 percent of voters who identify as being on the right or center of the political spectrum, compared with 31 percent for Sarkozy, according to an Ifop poll published Sunday in Le Journal du Dimanche. That’s a lead of eight percentage points, up from six percentage points two months ago.