France’s socialist contenders expose deep divisions in TV debate


Presidential hopefuls quarrelled over legacy of the deeply unpopular presidency of François Hollande, who ruled out a re-election bid last month.

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The seven candidates for France’s centre-left presidential nomination showed their profound differences on the economy and the EU on Thursday night even as they scramble to pull together a fractured Socialist Party ahead of a widely expected crushing defeat in the spring, reports the Financial Times.