Valerie Pecresse, the woman who could become France’s first woman president

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By Elizabeth Pineau PARIS (Reuters) – Fifteen years ago, Valerie Pecresse quelled a student uprising over her university reforms with the same blend of consensus-building politics and reformist mettle that she believes will now propel her to the French presidency. Chosen to run last month by rank-and-file members of the conservative Les Republicains party, voter surveys show Pecresse could beat President Emmanuel Macron in April’s election. If she succeeds, she would become France’s first woman head of state. In an office adorned with framed cinema posters, Pecresse, 54, reeled off a list of w…

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