Voting in the first round of the republican primary took place today, November 20th.
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There are seven candidates:
The big three are Sarkozy, Juppé and Fillon. At least one of these will be eliminated in this round of voting. The second round takes place next Sunday, November 27. This is a head-to-head between the two candidates with the most votes after the first round. The winner of the republican primary is likely to face FN leader Marine le Pen in the final round of voting at the presidential election in May of next year.Nicolas Sarkozy, 61, who in 2012 failed to be re-elected after a single five-year term. He has since moved to the right on immigration and security issues.
Alain Juppe, 71, who has campaigned as a moderate and a unifying figure in the aftermath of jihadist attacks. He has been seen as a frontrunner.
Francois Fillon, 62, a centrist who was Mr Sarkozy's PM and has promised deep market reforms. He has enjoyed a late surge in polls.
Bruno Le Maire, 47, an outsider with a technocratic image who offers a 1,000-page "contract with the French".
Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, 43, a former environment minister who has called for cannabis to be decriminalised.
Jean-Francois Cope, 52, a former party chief seen as the standard bearer of an "uninhibited right".
Jean-Frederic Poisson, 53, a conservative who stresses Christian values.
Such a scenario assumes that the Socialist candidate will be eliminated in the first-round of voting for the presidency. President Francois Hollande will be challenged by at least two of his former ministers for the nomination at the Socialist primary in January. Despite the incumbent president's persistent levels of unpopularity, it would be surprising were he not to be selected as the Socialist candidate.
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