French conservative party chooses first female presidential candidate

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Valérie Pécresse, a former minister under Sarkozy, will run for Les Républicains after beating off challenge from right-winger Eric Ciotti. 

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Members of France’s conservative party Les Républicains have chosen the head of the Paris region Valérie Pécresse as their candidate in April’s presidential election, reports Politico

The former minister won the party’s primary with 61 percent of the vote Saturday, beating hardliner Eric Ciotti to become the party’s first female presidential candidate.

Pécresse said she would give “her all, her force and her determination” to lead the party to victory.