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Former President Nicolas Sarkozy Concedes Defeat in French Conservative Presidential Primary

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech after being defeated on the first round of the French right wing party 'Les Republicains' primaries in Paris, France, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. Former French prime minister Francois Fillon had the largest share of votes in early returns Sunday from the first round of the conservative primary for next year's presidential election. (Ian Langsdon/Pool Photo via AP)
Ian Langsdonā€”AP Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech after being defeated on the first round of the French right wing party 'Les Republicains' primaries in Paris on Nov. 20, 2016.

He told supporters to vote for ex-prime ministers Francois Fillon in the next round

(PARIS) — France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy has conceded defeat in the race to choose the conservative nominee for next year’s presidential election. Ex-prime ministers Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe both outpolled Sarkozy in early returns, and stand to advance to the Nov. 27 runoff.

In a speech from his campaign headquarters in Paris on Sunday, Sarkozy called on his supporters to vote for Fillon in the second round.

With more than 3.2 million votes counted of an estimated total over 5 million, Fillon had 44 percent, Juppe 28.1 and Sarkozy 21.1.

Fillon has enjoyed a strong boost in popularity in recent weeks thanks to his image of authority and seriousness compared to Sarkozy’s more brazen demeanor.

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