Alain Juppe (left) and Francois Fillon awaiting the results on Sunday ( Image credit: Reuters )

France election: Fillon floors rival in conservative primaries

Francois Fillon has taken the conservative ticket in next year's French presidential election by a landslide at party primaries.

With nearly all the ballots counted, he had won 66.5% to 33.5% for his run-off rival, Alain Juppe.

The former prime minister promised to build a fairer society, saying France wanted "truth and... action".

A new opinion poll suggests he would easily beat the far right's Marine Le Pen in the actual election.

According to the Harris interactive poll quoted by BFMTV (in French), Mr Fillon would lead the National Front candidate by 26% to 24% in the first round, then win the run-off against her by 67% to 33%.

Mr Juppe, also a former prime minister and regarded as more moderate, congratulated Mr Fillon and pledged to support him in...Read more...