- Title: High turnout as polls close in French conservatives' presidential primary
- Date: 20th November 2016
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (NOVEMBER 20, 2016) (REUTERS) 7TH DISTRICT CITY HALL, WHERE TWO POLL STATIONS WERE LOCATED ONE OF THE LAST VOTERS IN THE POLLING STATION PICKING UP BALLOT PAPERS AND WALKING TO THE BOOTH ONE OF THE LAST VOTERS IN THE POLLING STATION VOTING BALLOT BOX CITY STAFF LOCKING THE CITY HALL'S DOOR AS POLL STATIONS CLOSE PEOPLE WAITING TO VOTE QUEUING PEOPLE VOTING AFTER POLLS WERE MEANT TO HAVE CLOSED POLLING STATION STAFF MOVING BALLOT BOX TO TABLE TO START COUNTING BALLOT ENVELOPES IN BOX WITH PEOPLE TAKING THEM OUT POLL STATION STAFF COUNTING ENVELOPES IN TENS POLL STATION STAFF TAKING BALLOT ENVELOPES OUT OF BOX ENVELOPES WITH 100 BALLOT ENVELOPES EACH INSIDE VOLUNTEERS TAKING ENVELOPES OUT VOLUNTEER TAKING BALLOT PAPERS OUT OF ENVELOPE AND GIVING THEM TO COUNTERS BALLOT PAPER READING "ALAIN JUPPE", THEN SEVERAL BALLOT PAPERS READING "FRANCOIS FILLON" (SOUNDBITE) (French) POLLING STATION PRESIDENT, OLIVIER LE QUERE, SAYING: "People started coming back again in even greater numbers after lunch time until the closing time of the poll station. People were still in the polling station at 7 pm, and we had to close a bit later than planned because people were already inside, so we can say there was good participation." VOLUNTEERS COUNTING WOMAN UNFOLDING SEVERAL BALLOT PAPERS READING "FRANCOIS FILLON" BALLOT PAPERS READING "ALAIN JUPPE" / BALLOT PAPER READING "NICOLAS SARKOZY", AS ONE BALLOT PAPER READING "SARKOZY" IS PUT ON TOP VARIOUS OF MAN COUNT AS BALLOT PAPERS ARE DISCLOSED COUNTING ONGOING
- Embargoed: 5th December 2016 20:31
- Keywords: France primary presidential election voting Sarkozy
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA00159918W7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Polls closed in the French conservatives' presidential primary on Sunday (November 20) with high turnout and partial results which dashed ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy's hopes of a political comeback as he failed to qualify for the second round.
Sunday's primary vote selected two candidates for a November 27 run-off, with former premier Francois Fillon well in advance of second-placed Alain Juppe, and Sarkozy in third, according to the preliminary results.
With the French left in disarray under the deeply unpopular President Francois Hollande, pollsters suggest that the centre-right nominee to emerge after the head-to-head will defeat the National Front's eurosceptic, anti-immigration leader Marine Le Pen in the final round of the election next May.
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