Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy gives up politics

France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy conceded defeat on Sunday in the race to choose the conservative candidate for next year's presidential election.

With 85 percent of votes counted, ex-prime ministers Francois Fillon and Bordeaux's mayor Alain Juppe secured 44 percent and 28.3 percent respectively, advancing to the second round. Mr. Sarkozy got 21 percent.

Former President Sarkozy spoke highly of the voters' choice and announced that he will give up politics.

Source: VOV5