We don’t know yet who will win, but we already know those who have lost. Nicolas Sarkozy, the centre-right candidate for the presidential nomination, signaled his withdrawal from politics. Announcing that he would step back from politics, he added he would now “embark on a life with more private passions and fewer public passions”. For the former president is the last stop of a long history of militancy that has seen him fall and rise again.
The results of the primaries yesterday show Francois Fillon in the lead with 44% of the votes, followed by Alain Juppé with 28.1%. Sarkozy came third with 21.1% of the votes. A total of French 3,2mln went to the polls. The ballot next week will compare the two contenders for the party’s nomination.
The rematch failed
Actually Sarkò dreamed of taking revenge on Hollande after the defeat in the 2012 presidential elections, but the expectations were shattered on the wall of the numbers. “I failed to convince a majority of voters. I respect this choice. “I congratulate Fillon and Juppé, two great personality which give honor to France”, said Sarkozy deeply moved.
Then he announced his endorsement in favor of the one who for many years was his deputy at Matignon. “Fillon is one who has understood better than anyone the challenges that present to France. I will vote for him in the second round. I congratulate Fillon and Juppé, people who bring honor to the French right. ”
Sarkozy has finally remembered he was the man “who wanted the primaries” and thanked all who voted him, confirming the commitment towards the candidate who comes out winning the run-off on 27 November. “Bon chance a la France”.