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French primary is wide open, ex-PM Valls says as through to second round

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 01:12

Former French prime minister Manuel Valls celebrates with his supporters after getting through to the knockout round of the Socialist party's presidential primaries, saying that despite coming second there is all to play for. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). Former Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Sunday (January 22) there was all to play for in the knockout round of the Socialist presidential primary after being beaten into second place in the first round by rebel ex-minister Benoit Hamon. With about half the votes counted, Valls had won 31 percent while leftist Hamon had secured 35.2 percent. Both men will now go through to next Sunday's (January 29) second round, hoping to secure the nomination of the ruling Socialist party. Valls told a crowd of supporters on Sunday that he and Hamon had very different visions of the future of the French left, and that all was not lost. Hamon's manifesto centres on a basic income level of 600 euros per month for all adults, which his opponents have criticised as unrealistic. Valls said "a new campaign is starting tonight. A very clear choice is now before us and before you. The choice between certain defeat, and possible victory. The choice between promises which can't be realised or funded, and a left which is credible, which faces up to the country's responsibilities."

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French primary is wide open, ex-PM Valls says as through to second round

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 01:12