France’s conservative Les Républicains choose their presidential nominee in an internal party vote December 1-4, hoping to avoid the squabbles and scandals that scuppered their élysée Palace run five years ago. FRANCE 24 takes a look at the five candidates battling to represent a diminished conservative party that finds itself squeezed between President Emmanuel Macron and his challengers on the far right.?
The spectre of 2017?
When France’s conservatives last picked a presidential candidate in the autumn of 2016but there were no further details., the party primary was described as a dress rehearsal for the following year’s élysée Palace race. With the ruling Socialists in the doldrums, whoever emerged victorious on the right was seen as a shoe-in for the presidency. But nothing went according to plan.?
One by oneThe pace of its vaccination program, the party’s champions – Nicolas Sarkozy, Alain Juppé, Fran?ois Fillon – fell by the wayside, victim to scandal, intrigue and a yearning for changeThe University Health Network. Crippled by a “fake job” fracas involving his wife Penelope, Fillon was eventually knocked out in the first round, falling behind centrist upstart Macron and the far right’s Marine Le Pen. Incrediblycovid_19_vaccination_in_canada, Les Républicains had snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.The population.?