Socialist Benoît Hamon clinched his party’s presidential nomination on Sunday but now faces an uphill battle to unify France’s left with less than three months to go before elections for the nation’s highest office.
Amidst yet another prolonged peak in air pollution, it would appear that Paris is facing something of an epidemic. In fact, the French capital might be turning a corner when it comes to smog and other pollutants.
Benoît Hamon and Manuel Valls on Sunday advanced to the second round of France’s left-wing primary, setting up a battle for who will represent the ruling Socialists in the upcoming presidential election, but also for the soul of their party.
Former French prime minister Manuel Valls on Thursday defended a controversial labour reform passed under his tenure as he squared off against other left-wing presidential hopefuls in a televised debate.
Members of France’s opposition conservative Les Républicans party are caught up in a bitter debate over the soul of the party as they pick their presidential nominee for the 2017 poll, but party leader Nicolas Sarkozy is now out of the conversation.
The race for France’s conservative presidential nomination looked tighter than ever ahead of Sunday’s first round of voting, with polls suggesting
whoever emerges on top is likely to make it all the way to the Élysée Palace.
Former French economy minister Emmanuel Macron has often been tacked as a maverick politician, unchained to party allegiances or ideologies. But as he launches his presidential campaign, experts question the novelty of his views.