If possible, the French polls got their conservative primary election even worse than did America’s. Bordeaux Mayor Alain Juppé had been the clear leader.
WSJ summarizes results:
Less than a month ago, polls credited Mr. Fillon with less than 15% of the first-round vote. On Sunday, results from 9,347 of the 10,229 polling stations across the country showed he won 44.2% of the votes in a field of seven candidates, ahead of the 28.5% received by Bordeaux Mayor Alain Juppe , who recent polls showed had been the favorite to win the primary. Mr. Sarkozy, by contrast, won just 20.6% of votes.
“Hope has shown itself with strength everywhere in France, demolishing all the predictions,” Mr. Fillon said.
Mr. Fillon and Mr. Juppé will now advance to a runoff next Sunday.