France's ailing conservatives elect new leader

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The French conservative party, Les Républicains, once a main force in French politics but which has seen its support crumble since 2017 amid the emergence of Emmanuel Macron's centre-right movement and a series of fraud scandals surrounding its old guard, has elected MP Christian Jacob as its new leader.

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France's rightwing Républicains party (LR) on Sunday elected as leader Christian Jacob, head of the troubled party's parliamentary group, who will now steer them to municipal elections in March, reports FRANCE 24.