November 20, 2016
PARIS (AP) — Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe came out on top of the first round of voting in France’s first-ever conservative presidential primary Sunday, and now face a runoff election Nov. 27. Here’s a look at who they are and what they promise for France:
Background: 62, prime minister under President Nicolas Sarkozy from 2007 to 2012.
Key promises: ban on adoption by same-sex couples, referendum on a quota system for immigrants, drastic reduction of the number of public servants, raising retirement age to 65, extending workweek beyond 35 hours, cutting taxes.
Style: austere, perceived as an experienced and qualified politician.
Weak points: lack of charisma, was long the No. 2 man in the shadow of Sarkozy.
Background: 71, prime minister from 1995 to 1997 under then-President Jacques Chirac, pushed reforms that caused massive strikes, long prominent in conservative politics.
Key promises: cap on legal immigration, respect for religious freedom, raising retirement age to 65, extending workweek beyond 35 hours, cutting taxes.
Style: elder statesman, emphasis on experience and calm demeanor.
Weak points: his age, long links to discredited political establishment, past conviction for having taken illegal advantage of public funds.