Hollande is Socialists choice


The second round of the Socialists party’s presidential primaries took place yesterday with 2,860,157 people choosing to cast a vote.

François Hollande was the winner with 56.39% of the vote against Martine Aubry who took 43.43%.

Hollande is described as a moderate who believes that the country must balance the books but is also against any reduction in the welfare state or loss of public sector jobs. He describes himself as Mr Normal and wishes to differentiate himself from Nicolas Sarkozy, the current president, who has an ebullient showbiz approach.

The Socialist Party has already launched a manifesto (See the France page under ‘Links’) for the elections due in April next year but with a new presidential candidate this is likely to undergo a review.

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