The first round of the French Socialist Party’s primaries to choose its candidate for this spring’s presidential elections saw leftist former education minister Benoît Hamon arrive in the lead, followed in second place by Manuel Valls, on the party’s Right and who last month resigned as prime minister to take part in the race. Hamon now has a significant chance of winning the second and final round between the two men to be held next Sunday. But whatever the result, the deeply divided Socialist Party faces implosion. Mathieu Magnaudeix and Christophe Gueugneau followed the two camps as the results unfolded during Sunday evening.
The two remaining candidates for the French Socialist Party's presidential nomination fought a tense but inconclusive televised debate Wednesday.
Ségolène Royal, beaten in first round of Socialist Party primaries to elect a presidential candidate, backs François Hollande ahead of the runoff.