French presidential election 2022: Valérie Pécresse wins conservative primary

Head of Paris region Valérie Pécresse will be the presidential candidate of “Les Républicains,” France’s main right-wing party said on Saturday.

Pécresse won 61% of the votes in the final round of the party’s primary election compared to 39% for her challenger Eric Ciotti, a hardliner MP from Nice.

It is the first time the French conservative party picks a woman to be its candidate.

“I am thinking of all French women today and I say ‘thank you’ to party members for their audacity,” Pécresse said at a press conference after results were announced.

“The Republican right is back,” she told supporters.

Pécresse’s positioning on the centre-right could pose a challenge to incumbent President Emmanuel Macron, who managed to attract the votes of centrist-leaning “Les Républicains” supporters in previous elections.

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