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


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.