Socialists Benoit Hamon and Manuel Valls on Sunday advanced to the second round of France’s left-wing presidential primary, beating out five other candidates. To relive the first round of the primary as it happened, see FRANCE 24’s live blog below.
• Seven left-wing candidates were vying for the ruling Socialist Party’s nomination, approximately three months before France’s two-round presidential election on April 23 and May 7.
• In a surprise move in December, French President François Hollande announced he would not seek re-election, leaving the race wide open.
• The first round of the primary included four former ministers and Socialist Party members: Manuel Valls, Arnaud Montebourg, Benoit Hamon and Vincent Peillon. It also included three candidates from satellite left-wing parties: Jean-Luc Bennahmias, François de Rugy and Sylvia Pinel.
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Date created : 2017-01-22