In France the process of choosing a Socialist Party candidate to stand in next year’s presidential election has continued beyond the head-to-head TV debate between the two contenders.
Francois Hollande and party leader Martine Aubry go into Sunday’s second round vote with Hollande the favourite.
But Aubry, the more hardline traditional left-winger, again accused her more middle-of-the-road opponent of avoiding the real issues.
“I think I showed yesterday that in order to be a President you need both the experience and clarity,” she said. “That wasn’t the case yesterday with Francois Hollande on many issues”
Hollande countered: “I don’t want to discredit anyone, I dont need to denigrate, I don’t need to do anyone down, I don’t need to betray anyone. I simply need to be convinced about a project and I’ll bring everything together.”
Each is hoping to become the first Socialist president in France for 17 years.
The third placed runner in the first round could play a key role – Arnaud Montebourg’s anti-globalisation message attracted an unexpected 17 per cent, but he has not announced who he will back in the second round.