Alain Juppé and François Fillon, who will compete against each other in the final round of the Republican Party presidential nomination, have both pledged to move France towards an evaluation-based higher education and research model similar to the UK’s.
Former president Nicolas Sarkozy was eliminated in the first round of the Republican nomination race on 20 November. In his speech admitting defeat, Sarkozy endorsed Fillon, who served as his prime minister between 2007-2012.
Fillon was the clear winner in the first round, receiving 44.1 per cent of the 4.3 million votes. Juppé came second, winning 28.6 per cent of votes, followed by Sarkozy, who was endorsed by 20.7 per cent of the voters. Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet led the four remaining candidates, receiving 2.6 per cent of votes.