Alain Juppe concedes defeat in French Republican primary race as Francois Fillon wins by wide margin.
Francois Fillon is to be the conservative candidate in next year’s French presidential election after his rival Alain Juppe conceded defeat.
Early results show Mr Fillon had won Sunday’s run-off by nearly 70% with more than half of polling stations counted.
Mr Fillon said action was now needed to build a fairer society.
He is likely to face a Socialist candidate and the far-right’s Marine Le Pen in next April’s election.