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The Guardian

François Fillon wins French primary to be candidate for the right: François Fillon, the socially conservative former prime minister who plans to shrink the French state, has won the primary race to become the French right’s presidential candidate next spring. Fillon, 62, gained support in the final days of the primary race after writing a book on the dangers of “Islamic totalitarianism” in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in France and defending a tough line on French national identity. He beat the more moderate centrist, Alain Juppé, the 71-year-old mayor of Bordeaux. With 95% of ballots counted, Fillon had garnered 66.5% of the votes while Juppé trailed with 33.2%.

The New York Times

Trump Claims ‘Millions’ Voted Illegally, Citing No Evidence: President-elect Donald J. Trump said on Sunday that he had fallen short in the popular vote in the general election only because millions of people had voted illegally, leveling the baseless claim as part of a daylong storm of Twitter posts voicing anger about a three-state recount push. “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” Mr. Trump wrote Sunday afternoon. The series of posts came one day after Hillary Clinton’s campaign said it would participate in a recount effort being undertaken in Wisconsin, and potentially in similar pushes in Michigan and Pennsylvania, by Jill Stein, who was the Green Party candidate. France’s two-round presidential elections in April and May are being watched as the next possible shakeup of the political system.

The Economist

Anguish and ambivalence in Havana: ESTELLE has never been a supporter of Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution. The poverty, the restrictions on freedom, the false promises—she despises all of it. But when the 78-year-old accountant awoke on November 26th, switched on her radio and learned that the Maximum Leader of the revolution had died overnight, she cried. “Whatever you feel about Fidel, he was always there,” she explained. Estelle’s ambivalence is shared by many Cubans as they begin to get used to life without the man who dominated the country for more than half a century. “He was a good president”, said Yusi, a housewife in Old Havana, but “nobody’s perfect”. The government has banned all public music performances during the nine-day official mourning period, a directive that has enveloped Havana in gloom.

Financial Times

Fillon wins centre-right primary for French presidential election: François Fillon won the French centre-right presidential nomination on Sunday, in a landslide vote that brings him closer to the presidency next year. Partial results from 9,795 of 10,228 polling stations show Mr Fillon attracted 66.6 per cent of the vote in the primary run-off, against Alain Juppé, who secured 33.4 per cent of the vote. The former prime minister’s victory reveals a clear shift to the right among Republican party sympathisers, who seek a return to the right-wing tenets of law and order, and a break from past economic policies with a resolutely free market economic programme. About 4.5m voters turned out for the final round of the centre-right primary, the first being organised in France, to pick their candidate for presidential elections next year.


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