Last updated: March 19, 2018

Fillon, Juppe kick off race for support for French presidential ticket

French politician Francois Fillon, member of the conservative Les Republicains political party, arrives inside his campaign headquarters after partial results in the first round of the French center-right presidential primary election in ParisBy Richard Lough PARIS (Reuters) – Francois Fillon heads into a runoff campaign for France's conservative presidential ticket on Monday as favorite after winning the endorsement of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy whom he ousted from the race after a stunning late surge in polls. Market analysts say the outcome opens up fresh uncertainty about the result of next year's actual presidential election, potentially increasing a still remote risk that far-right leader Marine Le Pen can win it. Before that though, Fillon is up against another former prime minister, Alain Juppe in a second round of the primaries on Nov. 27.

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