Will Nicolas Sarkozy run for president again

Sarkozy is defeated in the election of the presidential candidate

France's ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy has admitted his defeat in the running for the presidential candidacy of the Conservatives. At the same time he announced his retirement from politics. After the majority of the votes have been counted, the vote will result in a runoff between the two ex-prime ministers Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe in a week. Sarkozy said he would then vote for Fillon.

According to surveys, the nominee from the center-right camp has a good chance of winning the actual presidential election next year in the second round against Marine Le Pen from the right-wing extremist Front National. About three million French people took part in the vote.

Any French person who is on the electoral register and signed up to civil rights could vote. Solère had set the goal of mobilizing as many voters as the socialists in their 2011 area code. At that time, around 2.7 million people had voted in the first ballot.

For weeks, the polls saw the 71-year-old mayor of Bordeaux, Alain Juppé, once head of government under Jacques Chirac, in first place and former President Nicolas Sarkozy in second place. However, ex-Prime Minister François Fillon emerged as the clear winner from the last televised debate between the applicants. In recent surveys, the 62-year-old made enormous gains. The four other applicants were considered to have no chance from the outset.

There were still seven - the applicants' second TV duel

Preliminary decision on the next president

According to the current state of affairs, the area code is of enormous importance: In the presidential elections on April 23 and May 7, 2017, the conservative candidate, who is now winning the race, will most likely face the head of the right-wing extremist Front National (FN). And because a victory over Marine Le Pen in the runoff election in May would be likely given the current balance of power, the now selected Republican candidate has the best prospects of moving into the Elysée Palace as the next master of the household.

Incumbent François Hollande is one of the most unpopular presidents in French history, it is still unclear whether he will run again. In contrast, his former economics minister, Emmanuel Macron, threw his hat into the ring. The non-party political young star, who runs as an independent applicant, presents himself as an anti-system candidate and promised to free France from its "blockades". The 38-year-old's candidacy further diminishes Hollande's chances of being re-elected, which are already very slim - the socialists reacted accordingly irritably.

qu / ust / rb (afp, dpa, rtr)