France: Pécresse likely candidate for the conservatives

Valérie Pécresse goes into the run-off election of the center-right Republican Party for the candidacy in the French presidential elections in April as the favorite. The 54-year-old, who is currently president of the Ile-de-France region, received 25 percent of the votes cast by registered members in the first round. She thus landed just behind Eric Ciotti, a staunch right-winger.

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