Hamon, Valls Push Montebourg Out of French Presidential Contest

Benoît Hamon and Manuel Valls win the first round in the Socialist primary.

  • Former education minister Benoît Hamon and former prime minister Manuel Valls have won the first voting round in the French Socialist Party’s presidential primary.
  • Arnaud Montebourg, a former industry minister, finished third. He has endorsed his fellow leftist Hamon.
  • Polls suggest Valls, a social democrat, would be more competitive in a general election.