France's former President Nicolas Sarkozy conceded defeat Nov. 20 in the race to choose the conservative nominee for next year's presidential election.
With votes counted from 80 percent of polling stations, former Prime Minister Francois Fillon had 44 percent, former Prime Minister Alain Juppe had 28.1 and Sarkozy had 21.1 percent.
Fillon and Juppe were tothe Nov. 27 . Sarkozy called on his supporters to vote for the serious-minded Fillon, whom he to be prime minister in 2007. (AP)
The Japan Times ST: December 2, 2016