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France: Benoit Hamon beats Manuel Valls to top Socialist presidential primary02:43

France: Benoit Hamon beats Manuel Valls to top Socialist presidential primary

France, Paris
January 22, 2017 at 23:51 GMT -00:00 · Published

French Socialist Party presidential candidate and former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls addressed his supporters in Paris, Sunday, after becoming second in the first round of the Socialist primary. The former prime minister received 31.56 percent of the votes, while former Education Minister Benoit Hamon had the edge at 35.31 percent of the votes.

Addressing supporters, Valls said, “I am happy to meet Benoit Hamon, because a new campaign begins this evening. A very clear choice now appears to us and to you, my compatriots: the choice between a certain defeat and a possible victory.”

He stressed on the importance of fighting the right and far right, “faced with the America of Donald Trump and the Russia of Vladimir Putin.”

Hamon will now face Valls in a run-off vote next Sunday. Opinion polls project that none of the Socialist candidates will make it to the second round of elections in May.

France: Benoit Hamon beats Manuel Valls to top Socialist presidential primary02:43
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French Socialist Party presidential candidate and former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls addressed his supporters in Paris, Sunday, after becoming second in the first round of the Socialist primary. The former prime minister received 31.56 percent of the votes, while former Education Minister Benoit Hamon had the edge at 35.31 percent of the votes.

Addressing supporters, Valls said, “I am happy to meet Benoit Hamon, because a new campaign begins this evening. A very clear choice now appears to us and to you, my compatriots: the choice between a certain defeat and a possible victory.”

He stressed on the importance of fighting the right and far right, “faced with the America of Donald Trump and the Russia of Vladimir Putin.”

Hamon will now face Valls in a run-off vote next Sunday. Opinion polls project that none of the Socialist candidates will make it to the second round of elections in May.

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