French socialists face rift after ex-leader attacks Hollande

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The former first secretary of France's ruling Socialist Party Martine Aubry has stirred up a major row on the Left after she made a stinging attack on the government of President François Hollande and his prime minister Manuel Valls. Writing in Le Monde newspaper, Aubry, who is mayor of the northern city of Lille, said that the pair were in danger of “permanently weakening France” with their policies.