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French presidential hopeful Fillon in front

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>> Two days until France picks its conservatives candidate for president. The surprise front runner, a social conservative and economic liberal, Francois Fillon's galvanized the Right and outmaneuvered his more centrist rival, Alain Juppe. Reuters French bureau chief, Andrew Callus, says Fillon surprised many with his first round success. A candidacy win would make the presidential outcome less clear.
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>> His is sort of Thatcherite views about getting rid of the sacred 35 hour week, making people work more, cutting government spending. Those things do resonate with the Right-wing voters. Don't forget, only about 4 million of France's 44 million voters took part in this primary. Fillon has perhaps a slightly narrower appeal, especially given the fact that Marine Le Penne and her far right national front vote sits to the right of him.
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>> Fillon and Juppe, two former prime ministers, will go head to head on Sunday. Polls state the winner likely to become the next president of France, considering the divisions on the Left and the majority of voters opposed to seeing the far Right in power. Anyone can vote in the primaries, regardless of if they're party members.
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A Fillon win could also be a boost for the ruling Socialist party.>> There's an argument which goes that Francois Hollande, who's hemming and hawing about whether to stand or not, might stand a better chance of being that person who has the broad appeal.>> That decision expected in weeks.
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In a year of political surprises, it would be a brave person to bid on who will be French president come May.