French elections: Alain Juppé concedes defeat to François Fillon in rightwing primary – as it happened
Defeated candidate offers support in next year’s presidential election campaign while winner vows to defeat left and far right
From the very first set of official results released at around 7.30pm GMT, #François Fillon held a commanding lead in the rightwing primary – and he never showed the slightest sign of relinquishing it. About half an hour after those first results came out, #Alain Juppé conceded, congratulating his rival on his victory.
With more than 95% of the polling stations having returned their results, Fillon holds 66.6% of the vote.
François Fillon, the socially conservative former prime minister who plans to shrink the French state, has won the primary race to become the French right’s presidential candidate next spring.
Fillon, 62, gained support in the final days of the primary race after writing a book on the dangers of “Islamic totalitarianism” in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in #France and defending a tough line on French national identity. He beat the more moderate centrist, Alain Juppé, the 71-year-old mayor of Bordeaux.