Hamon, Valls Push Montebourg Out of French Presidential Contest

Benoît Hamon and Manuel Valls win the first round in the Socialist primary, pushing Arnaud Montebourg out.

French Socialist Party presidential candidates Manuel Valls, Benoît Hamon and Arnaud Montebourg
French Socialist Party presidential candidates Manuel Valls, Benoît Hamon and Arnaud Montebourg (Sipa/Alchetron/PS)
  • Former education minister Benoît Hamon and former prime minister Manuel Valls won the first voting round in the French Socialist Party’s presidential primary on Sunday.
  • Arnaud Montebourg, a former industry minister, finished third. He immediately endorsed his fellow leftist Hamon.
  • Hamon and Valls are due to face off in a second voting round next week.
  • Polls suggest Valls, a social democrat, would be more competitive in April’s general election. But even he would struggle to qualify for the runoff in May. François Fillon of the center-right Republicans, Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front and Emmanuel Macron, a center-left independent, are more popular.

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