Presidential hopefuls vie for Socialist Party nomination
France’s main opposition Socialist Party longs to regain the Elysee Palace more than 15 years after their exit from power. FRANCE 24 takes a look at the Socialist contenders who are vying for the party’s nomination in 2012.
Socialist Party (Parti Socialiste - PS) candidates vying for their party’s nomination in next year’s presidential elections faced a July 13 deadline to declare their intention to participate in a primary.
In the end, six PS presidential hopefuls came forward. They include the current and former party chiefs, a divisive former presidential candidate, and two ambitious figures who have tried to present themselves as next-generation reformers.
The party has been wrought by internal power struggles that have sharpened tensions, bruised egos and set the stage for an electrifying internal race.
France’s electoral authority must approve the six candidatures for the Socialist primaries, which are scheduled for 9 October, with a second round, if necessary, on 16 October.