French conservative primaries still wide open

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The main conservative opposition party's primaries to choose its candidate for the 2017 presidential elections, which begin Sunday evening amid more than usual interest because of the liklihood that the person chosen will reach the decisive second round next spring, is now a tight three-horse race.

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The race to become the conservative candidate for the French presidency and likely favourite to win the presidential election itself next year looked tighter than it has for months on Friday with voting due to start in less than 48 hours, reports Reuters.