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Francois Fillon Women's Nike Air Force 1 Low GS Pink , a conservative reformist promising to shrink the French state, on Sunday clinched the rightwing nomination for next year's presidential election with a resounding victory over his rival Alain Juppe.

Ex-prime minister Fillon, 62 nike air force 270 womens , will now become a favourite to be France's next leader after winning the US-style primary to pick the nominee of the Republicans party and its allies.

  French member of Parliament and candidate for the right-wing primaries ahead of France's 2017 presidential elections, Francois Fillon delivers a speech following the first results of the primary's second round on November 27, 2016 (AFP PhotoEric Feferberg)

Near-complete results showed him winning 66.5 percent of the vote nike air force1 flyknit womens , with ballots counted from 9,915 polling stations out of 10,229.

In a victory speech nike air force1 mid womens , the amateur rally driver said he had "torn up all the pre-written scripts" as he sped past his rivals in the last weeks of the campaign.

"France can no longer bear its decline. France wants the truth and France wants action," he told cheering supporters after Juppe, a centrist nike air force1 blue womens , conceded defeat.

The French presidential vote is seen as a key test for mainstream political parties after the success of Donald Trump and the Brexit campaign in Britain, both of which harnessed anti-elite anger.

Fillon will face fierce competition in the election in April and May from far-right leader Marine Le Pen, the anti-establishment candidate hoping to emulate Trump's shock victory in the US.

Fillon said a win for the anti-EU Le Pen would spell "bankruptcy".

Promising to be the candidate of "all those who in their hearts are proud to be French nike air force1 black womens ," he pledged to turn the page on a "pathetic" Socialist presidency.

Turnout in the primary stood at around four million, roughly the same as in the first round of voting a week ago when Fillon came from behind to lead a field of seven candidates.

The prime minister from 2007-12 has warned that France is "on the verge of revolt" and believes his plan to slash 500,000 public sector jobs and increase working hours is the tonic needed to kickstart the economy.

The devout Catholic has also taken a hard line on immigration and Islam in France nike air force1 pink womens , telling newcomers to the country last week that "when you enter someone else's house you do not take over."

- 'Brutal' candidate? -

Voting in northwest Paris, Christophe Mordelet, a 45-year-old human resources manager nike air force1 premium womens , said he chose Fillon because he showed "more authority" than Juppe, who campaigned as a moderate unifier.

"You have to bang your fist on the table to get reforms through in this country. We have to stop giving into the power of the street," he said.

Juppe made a failed pitch for the centre-ground nike air force1 red womens , saying his opponent's agenda was too "brutal" and he was better placed to keep the far-right out of power.

Conceding defeat and ending his career-long dream of becoming president, the 71-year-old wished Fillon "good luck" in his bid to take back the Elysee Palace from the ruling Socialists.

During the campaign, Juppe had hit out at his opponent as a "yes man" for Russian President Vladimir Putin and also questioned his views on abortion.

Fillon wants closer ties with the Kremlin and has called for the European Union to lift its sanctions on Moscow imposed after Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2014.

- Unpredictable race -

The Republicans candidate is widely tipped by pollsters to face Le Pen -- and beat her -- in a second round run-off in May next year.

But the race is seen as highly unpredictable after a year of political upsets and uncertainty about the impact of independents and the Socialist par

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