French Socialists Nominate Far-Left Hamon for Presidency

Benoît Hamon defeats the former prime minister, Manuel Valls, in the presidential primary’s second voting round.

French Socialist Party presidential candidates Manuel Valls and Benoît Hamon
French Socialist Party presidential candidates Manuel Valls and Benoît Hamon (Sipa/Alchetron)
  • French Socialists nominated Benoît Hamon, a former education minister, as their presidential candidate on Sunday.
  • Hamon got 58 percent support in a second voting round against 41 percent for his opponent, the former prime minister Manuel Valls.
  • Hamon is to the left of the party. His signature policies are the legalization of marijuana and the introduction of a universal basic income.
  • His nomination suggests the Socialists have little hope of winning the elections in April and May. Valls, a social democrat, was the more electable candidate.

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