French Left Battles For Relevance In Socialist Primary

French left battles for relevance in Socialist primary

PARIS, , (Pakistan Point News - APP - 20th Jan, 2017 ) - France's ailing, divided Socialists hold the first round of voting in their presidential Primary Sunday, seeking unity and relevance as the country veers to the right after four years of leftist rule. Former prime minister Manuel Valls, who forced through labour reforms unpopular with many Socialist members, was the long-time favourite to clinch the nomination. But he is being chased down by two candidates from the party's left flank, the protectionist maverick Arnaud Montebourg, and Benoit Hamon, who are tipped by pollsters to beat Valls in a second-round run-off on January 29.