Hollande v Aubry in second round runoff


The Socialist Party (PS) held their first presidential primary on Sunday, a break from the traditional ‘behind closed doors’ affairs of the past.

Following three TV debates, six candidates presented themselves to the French voters. Anyone could vote provided they were on the electoral roll, said they supported left wing ideals and paid a euro to vote. A staggering 2,549,894 people chose to do so, perhaps showing the strength of feeling by French voters that they want a change in leadership.

The final result gave François Hollande 39% of the vote and Martine Aubrey 31% of the vote. These two candidates will go forward to a second round runoff on 16th October.

The 2007 presidential candidate, Ségolène Royal took just 7% of the vote and came fourth in the race.

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