The underdog who may now win French presidential election race

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Former French prime minister François Fillon, previously trailing in the conservative opposition party's primaries to elect it candidate for presidential elections next spring, has suddenly taken a neck-and-neck position against his two main rivals, Nicolas Sarkozy and Alain Juppé, before voting begins on Sunday.

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French presidential hopeful François Fillon, who has made a surprise jump in opinion polls just before a party primary on Sunday, has the political instincts of a true conservative, reports Reuters.