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French Republicans name woman to run for president for first time

Paris France’s Repulicans on Saturday named former minister Valerie Pecresse as their first-ever female presidential candidate. In the second round of the party’s primary, Pecresse won by 61 per cent of the vote against Eric Ciotti, a deputy from the south of France. “The right is back,” Pecresse proclaimed. “We will give our country back its unity, dignity and pride.” The centre-right party last provided a president from 2007 to 2012 with Nicolas Sarkozy. According to current polls, it is not certain that the Republicans will make it to the second round of the election in April 2022. At the moment, the favourite is incumbent President Emmanuel Macron, who will very likely run again. The far-right populist Marine Le Pen is currently in second place in the polls. The choice of Pecresse as the Republicans’ candidate is considered a surprise. Among the five hopefuls were former EU Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Xavier Bertrand, president of the Hauts-de-France regional council. Pecresse is currently president of the regional council of the Ile-de-France region. (dpa)

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