French Left divisions deepen ahead of April presidential elections

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Unable to unite around a single candidate for France’s presidential elections in April, France’s profoundly divided broad Left faces a trouncing at the polls. Its stand-alone candidates were joined at the weekend by Christiane Taubira, an icon for some among the socialist movement, whose bid threatens to further splinter the leftwing vote. Fabien Escalona and Mathilde Goanec report.

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In a widely expected move, Christiane Taubira, a former justice minister in François Hollande’s socialist government, on Saturday announced her bid to run as a candidate for the Left in France’s presidential elections due in April.