Leftist Hamon leads French socialist presidential primary first round


Former education minister Benoît Hamon, who left the socialist government led by prime minister Manuel Valls citing his opposition to its austerity policies, came ahead of Valls in the first of the two-round Socialist Party primaries to choose its candidate for next spring's presidential elections, with a final play-off between the two due in the final round next Sunday.

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The French Socialist Party’s candidate in next year’s presidential election will be decided in a run-off next Sunday between former prime minister Manuel Valls and his one-time education minister Benoit Hamon, reprots Bloomberg.