Valerie Pécresse, who has described herself as “1/3 Thatcher, 2/3 Merkel”, won the French conservatives’ ticket for the 2022 presidential election, the party said after a primary vote.
Pécresse beat right-wing Éric Ciotti for Les Republicains’ (LR) ticket in a primary that was a test for the party’s future and whether it would remain anchored in its centre-right tradition or lurch to the right.
Opinion polls have so far shown the 54-year-old Pécresse, who heads the Paris Ile-de-France region, winning about 11 percent of the votes in next April’s presidential election, giving her little chance of making it to a second-round runoff, let alone win it, as things stand.
Pécresse becomes the conservative party’s first-ever female presidential candidate.
(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS and AFP)