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Candidates vote in France's Socialist primary

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 01:48

The two candidates, Benoit Hamon and Manuel Valls, vote in the second round of the French left's presidential primary election. Rough Cut (No reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The two candidates in France's Socialist party presidential primary cast their votes on Sunday (January 29). Hard-left lawmaker Benoit Hamon is facing pro-business ex-Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Hamon, who is often compared to British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, is favourite to beat Valls in the primary's head-to-head vote, but has little chance of winning the presidential race proper after five years of unpopular Socialist rule. Opinion polls have shown neither man would garner enough support to reach the election's runoff in May, likely to come in a humiliating fifth place in the first round behind centrist Emmanuel Macron and left-winger Jean-Luc Melenchon. Although the Socialist candidate has little chance of succeeding President Francois Hollande at the Elysee palace, the winner of Sunday's vote will help decide the fortune of other candidates. A victory by Hamon, who wants to give a "universal income" to all citizens at a cost of 350 billion euros and tax robots, would boost Macron's chances by pushing Valls' centre-left supporters into the former investment banker's arms.

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Candidates vote in France's Socialist primary

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 01:48