French right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party MP Bruno Le Maire blows a kiss to supporters as he arrives for a public meeting in Vesoul on Feb. 23, 2016. / AFP / SEBASTIEN BOZON
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Le Maire, 46, a pro-European, German-speaking rightist who came second to ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy for the leadership of the conservative Republicans party last year, is seen as an outside contender for the nomination.Juppe was prime minister in 1995-97 . Sarkozy was president in 2007-12, and Francois Fillon was Sarkozy's premier.Le Maire would lose the first round of the French presidential elections if they were held on Sunday, a poll published on Tuesday showed.Juppe, the main challenger of Sarkozy, the French conservative party leader, would win the first round of the French presidential elections, with the highest total, 30 percent, a survey by Ifop-Fudicial for Paris Match showed.
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