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Polls open in French primary to pick Socialist presidential candidate

Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 00:51

Polls open in French left-wing primaries, with voters still optimistic that the Socialist Party can arrive at a viable candidate for the presidential polls. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Voting got under way on Sunday (January 22) to whittle down Socialist candidates for the French presidential ticket to two from seven, with ex-prime minister Manuel Valls facing an outside risk of failing to make the run-off vote in a week's time. Opinion polls suggest no Socialist has much chance of winning the presidential election itself this coming Spring, but they show the outcome of the beleaguered ruling party's primary having a potential impact on who actually does replace Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace. It's likely that the winner of the conservative nomination will go head-to-head with the far right National Front's Marine le Pen for the presidency come May.

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Polls open in French primary to pick Socialist presidential candidate

Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 00:51