Francois Hollande will be the Socialist Party candidate in next year’s presidential election in France, after winning the party’s primaries on Sunday.
Opinion polls suggest Hollande could beat President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has not said he will run yet.
Speaking at a press conference after the result was confirmed, Hollande said: “I felt people’s concerns about our common future, the financial problems, the excesses of globalisation, the insufficiencies of Europe and the many attacks on the environment.”
“I want to give to our nation, this big country which is France, the conscience to find, a project which will….help us to move forward again.”
Running a tough campaign and having the previous experience in government that Hollande lacks, were not enough to see Martine Aubry to victory.
However, in defeat, Aubry chose to focus on the battle facing the Socialist Party: “Until Saturday, there was the debate. Today there was the vote. Tonight we are the gathering around our candidate. Tomorrow it will be the French team for change, the one who will turn the page on 10 years of rightwing and five years of Sarkozyism,” she said.