Juppe v Fillon: Battle of France's conservatives
The race to be the French conservative candidate for president is now between two ex-prime ministers. Both want big public sector cuts and business incentives, including lower taxes, to re-energise the economy.
The big surprise of Sunday's primary vote in the centre-right Republican party was the size of Francois Fillon's win. The free-market liberal, and fan of Britain's Margaret Thatcher, got more than 44%, well ahead of Alain Juppe, who came second with 28.6%. So Mr Fillon is favourite to win the runoff vote on 27 November.
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