Socialist Party

French Socialist candidates face dogfight for party left

Politique — Report

François Hollande and Martine Aubry have emerged as the finalists in the first round of voting in the French Socialist Party primaries held to choose a candidate in next year's presidential elections. As the showdown between the two approaches in a final poll next weekend, the major upset for both was the unexpectedly high score reached by the party's radical candidate Arnaud Montebourg. Both candidates must reach out to his supporters, and the testing task promises some lively debate in the coming days. Stéphane Alliès and Lénaïg Bredoux report.

Hollande, Aubry through to final round of Socialist primaries

France — Link

François Hollande and Martine Aubry are winners of the first round of Socialist Party primaries, to be settled in a showdown vote next Sunday.

French Socialist candidates for presidentials head for showdown

France — Link

Livelier exchanges marked the final TV debate between rivals for the Socialist presidential ticket days before first round of voting in primaries.

Partner of French Socialist presidential favourite was 'investigated by police'

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Paris police deny making illegal enquiries into private life of Valerie Trierweiler, Socialist Party presidential hopeful François Hollande's companion.

French socialists talk of DSK political comeback

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Reports that prosecution case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn could collapse stun France and revive hopes for some for his return to politics.

France offers Socialist sunrise

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While Europe has turned en bloc to the right, France remains a land apart, says The Guardian, which sees a Socialist elected as president in 2012.

Martine Aubry launches French presidential election bid

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French Socialist Party leader joins primary race to become party candidate, hoping to be France's first woman president in elections next year.

French Socialist leaders 'knew of Strauss-Kahn 2002 sex attack allegations'

France — Investigation

French Socialist Party leaders were informed about an alleged sexual assault by Dominique Strauss-Kahn upon 22 year-old journalist Tristane Banon in 2002 but failed to take action, her mother (photo) has told Mediapart. Socialist Party heavyweight Strauss-Kahn was expected to run as the party's candidate in next year's French presidential elections, which opinion polls widely forecast he would win until his arrest May 14th in New York on charges of sexually assaulting a hotel chambermaid.

The myth and reality of 'President' Strauss-Kahn


Opinion polls have unanimously elected International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (pictured) as France's next president. His huge popularity scores in the surveys show he would beat any fellow Socialist Party rival to become its candidate, and crush incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in the vote itself. Or could it all be, as some experts warn, just a load of media hype?

Ségolène Royal: the return of the prodigal daughter

France — Investigation

Ségolène Royal has seen her political fortunes dive since her defeat to Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2007 presidential elections. Ostracised by many leading Socialists, she retreated to her regional fiefdom, her future chances of a second crack at the pinnacle of power apparently destroyed. But Ségo, as she's popularly called, is not one to go quietly and now she has announced she will run in elections to choose the next Socialist Party presidential candidate. Stéphane Alliès charts a remarkable and swift political recovery.