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The younger political generation has so far failed to take the lead in the primary race: the two youngest candidates, former ministers Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, 43, and Bruno Le Maire, 47, aren't expected to reach the final run-off.
The deep unpopularity of Socialist president Francois Hollande and his fractured party means the French left are not currently predicted to make it to the final round of the presidential elections next May.
The right's primary vote is open to any voter who signs a charter saying they agree with the Republican values of the centre and the right and pays Euros 2. About 3.5 million people are expected to turn out, including some leftwingers.
Two euros seems cheap to have a say in keeping out Sarkozy, said one leftwing publisher.
Francois Miquet-Marty, head of Viavoice pollsters, said there was major interest in the primary in part because we're in a period where people are looking for solutions and want a quick transformation to get France out of its rut. Sarkozy's presidency was seen as disappointing, Hollande's has been seen as insufficient. So there's a big interest in who tomorrow's candidate would be.
The first round in the right's primary race takes place on 20 November and the second-round run-off on 27 November.--TheGuardian
Source: National News Agency