Former Prime Ministers Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe go head-to-head in a runoff vote for France’s Centre-Right Presidential Nomination, with the winner likely to face a showdown against a resurgent far-right in next year’s election. Opinion polls show Fillon, a social conservative with a deep attachment to his Catholic Roots, going into the race as the clear favourite after stunning his centrist challenger with a massive surge in support just before the Nov. 20 first round. Many French Citizens view Sunday’s les Republicains Primary contest as a proxy for next spring’s Presidential Election. Voting held at more than 10,000 polling stations across France and the first results may emerge within an hour and a half of polls closing.

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