The president of the Organizing Committee of the primary elections of French right-wing for the selection of the candidate of the party “The Republicans” in the presidential election of 2017 has announced that the rate of participation in today’s first round had already exceeded one million until 12 noon (local time).
Thierry Soler said the radio station LCI that 1.138 million people had voted by that time in 67% of polling stations from the total 10.228 across the country.
This is the first time that “The Republicans” organize elections for the selection of their candidate in the presidential election, something they have already done the left and the Greens.
Seven persons are vying for the nomination, with former president Nicolas Sarkozy and former prime ministers Alain Juppe and Francois Fillon to be the three finalists.
The list of candidates is completed by the ex-ministers Jean-Francois Girl and ÎœÏ€ÏÎ¹Î½ÏŒ le Mer, a representative of the Ï…Ï€ÎµÏÏƒÏ…Î½Ï„Î·ÏÎ·Ï„Î¹ÎºÎ®Ï‚ right, Jean-FrÃ©dÃ©ric Poisson and Nathalie ÎšÎ¿ÏƒÎ¹Î¿Ï…ÏƒÎºÏŒ – ÎœÎ¿ÏÎ¹Î¶Î, the only woman.
The two candidates who win the most votes in today’s first round of the qualifiers will battle in the second round on 27 November. The winner has a chance to win in the presidential election of 2017 against the candidate of the extreme right Marine le pen, according to opinion polls.
By paying two euros, any French citizen who can vote has a right to participate in the primary elections on the condition that you sign a declaration that will bind him to share “the democratic principles of the right and of the centre”.
There are approximately 44,8 million voters in France, according to statistical office INSEE. In the primaries of the Socialists in 2012, they voted voted for 2.6 million people.