France: poll run-off

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

PARIS: Benoit Ha­mon, a for­mer So­cial­ist gov­ern­ment rebel, won the first round of a pri­mary on Sun­day and will meet ex-prime min­is­ter Manuel Valls in a run-off to de­cide who will be the can­di­date of the be­lea­guered left in a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in spring.

Ha­mon, 49, a left­winger who was sacked from the gov­ern­ment by Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande for crit­i­cis­ing his eco­nomic poli­cies, coasted to a com­fort­able win ahead of Valls, a for­mer Hol­lande loy­al­ist.

The field is now down from seven can­di­dates to two.

Valls and Ha­mon are now set to meet mid-week for what is widely be­lieved could be a testy TV de­bate. – Reuters

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