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- 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.