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

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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.