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Ex-French PM Valls refuses to back his party's presidential candidate

Former prime minister Manuel Valls has refused to publicly back Benoît Hamon, the French Socialist Party's presidential candidate who beat him in party primary elections earlier this year with a markedly a leftwing programme in contrast to that of Valls.

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Former French prime minister Manuel Valls said he is not ready to endorse a French presidential candidate, denying media reports that he supports centrist Emmanuel Macron while ruling out backing fellow socialist Benoît Hamon, his rival in January's primaries, reports FRANCE 24.

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