French socialists head closer to implosion as more jump ship for Macron

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The French Socialist Party is closer than ever to implosion following the announcement by one of its veteran stalwarts, defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, that he was backing maverick centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, a former economy minister and advisor to President François Hollande, instead of the party’s nominee Benoît Hamon. Lénaïg Bredoux reports.   

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It was while Socialist Party presidential candidate Benoît Hamon was on a campaign tour in eastern France to set out his policies on defence issues, notably during a visit to the 1st infantry regiment in Sarrebourg, that defence minister and fellow socialist Jean-Yves Le Drian made known his decision to back not Hamon but maverick centrist Emmanuel Macron.