PARIS, March 5 Senior French conservative
politicians will propose an alternative to presidential
candidate Francois Fillon, a senior politician from The
Republicans party said, suggesting that Alain Juppe was the only
"In the coming hours, we will propose an initiative,"
Christian Estrosi, a close ally of former President Nicolas
Sarkozy, told BFM TV, adding that it would be Monday morning.
"We do not have the time to debate who has the most talent.
I don't think any of the forty-somethings in our political
movement, who have talent, can take on the role to bring us
He said the initiative would be led by himself and other
party heavyweights including Xavier Bertrand and Valerie
"The easiest thing obviously ... is the person who came
second in the primaries and that quite simply is Alain Juppe,"
(Reporting by John Irish, editing by Louise Heavens)