Francois Fillon, candidate for the right-wing primaries ahead of the French 2017 presidential election, attends a campaign rally in Paris, on Nov. 25, 2016, ahead of the primary's second round on Nov. 27. / AFP / PHILIPPE LOPEZ
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French conservatives Sunday are choosing their nominee for next year's vital presidential election from among two former prime ministers with deep experience in government and differing views on how to prevent more terror attacks on French soil.The contenders in the conservative's primary runoff – Francois Fillon, 62, and 71-year-old Alain Juppe – are both high-profile leaders of the center-right Republicans party. Fillon was the prime minister from 2007 to 2012 under President Nicolas Sarkozy, who was eliminated in the primary's first round a week ago and now is backing Fillon. Juppe was prime minister from 1995 to 1997 under President Jacques Chirac.In the first round of primary voting on Nov. 20, Fillon won 44.1 percent of the votes, Juppe 28.6 percent and Sarkozy 20.7 .
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