Nicolas Sarkozy, the outspoken former French president who styled himself as the voice of France's ''silent majority,'' casts his vote in a tight primary to select the country's conservative 2017 presidential candidate. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
SUBTITLED ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy voted on Sunday (November 20) in the first round of a tight primary to choose France's conservative presidential candidate. Opinion polls indicate the contest will be close with Sarkozy facing former prime ministers Alain Juppe and Francois Fillon, the latter seeing a last-minute surge in popularity over the past week. The 61-year-old said he was "patient" when asked if he was feeling confident after he cast his vote at a polling station in Paris's sixteenth district. "I'm in a good frame of mind, I think everything is well organized. I think we had an interesting campaign for the first round, without incident. It gives an honorable image of political life, a good democratic debate. Now we have to wait for the result of the first round, before the second," he said. The second round between the two top-placed conservative candidates will take place on November 27. Polls show the victor well placed to win the presidency in next spring's election against a resurgent far-right fronted by anti-immigration, eurosceptic leader Marine Le Pen.