November 21, 2016 By FTI Consulting
Primaries of the Main French Opposition Party (Right and Center Right): François Fillon emerges as the clear winner of the first round of the Primary of the Center and Center Right movement with 44,1%.
On the occasion of the selection of the main candidates for the French Presidential elections, to be held on May 2017, the main opposition party (“Les Républicains”, positioned on Right and Centre Right), have organized, on Sunday November 20th, the first round of its primaries.
Seven contenders were on the ballot: Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French President and past Chairman of “Les Républicains” party, Alain Juppé and François Fillon, two former Prime ministers, Bruno Le Maire, the former minister for Agriculture, Jean-François Copé, the former minister for Budget, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, the former minister for Ecology, and Jean-Frédéric Poisson, a Member of Parliament.
Two candidates have been selected during this first ballot and are selected for the second and last ballot which will take place on November 27th (see below). Ultimately, the winner of this primary will be the main candidate of the Right and Centre Right movement.
The primaries for the Socialist party will be held in January 2017. The other candidates to have declared their candidacy to date are: Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the former chairman of the Far Left party “Front de gauche,” Marine Le Pen, Chairwoman of the Far Right party “le Front National” and Emmanuel Macron, the former minister for the Economy of the incumbent President François Hollande who has positioned himself as a non-aligned candidate.
FTI Consulting Strategic Communications Paris will send regular updates on the Elections and the issue at stake.
The two selected candidates and the main economic aspects of their programmes are listed below:
Member of Parliament (1981-current)
Prime minister (2007-2012)
Minister of Education (2004-2005)
Minister of Social Affairs (2002-2004)
Minister of Communication, Posts and Space (1995-1997)
Minister of Higher Education and Research (1993-1995)
Mayor of Bordeaux (2006-current)
Minister of Foreign Affairs (1993-1995, 2011-2012)
Minister of Defense (2010-2011)
Prime minister (1995-1997)
Minister of Budget (1986-1988)
Member of Parliament (1988-2004)
An analysis from Renaud Dutreil, Chairman, FTI Consulting, Strategic Communication, France, and a former Minister of Small & Medium-Sized Businesses, Commerce, Crafts and Liberal Professions (2005–2007), Minister of the Civil Service and State Reform (2004–2005) and Secretary of State for Small & Medium-Sized Businesses, Commerce, Crafts and Liberal Professions (2002–2004).
“French voters from the Right and Center Right movement have voted and they have voted Against. They have voted against two long standing figures of the Right and Center Right political establishment of these past 20 years. The first is Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French President, eliminated from the second ballot, received only 20.6% and has already announced he is stepping down from politics. The second, Alain Juppé, a former Prime minister of President Jacques Chirac, who got his first ministerial post in the 1980’s, and who has been assured of victory by the pollsters for many months.
This has created some surprise as the winner of this primary was seen as a total outsider in comparison with these heavy weights of French politics.”
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