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Race hots up for French Socialist candidates

Race hots up for French Socialist candidates
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With only two days to go until it is decided which Socialist Party member will run for French President next year, pundits believe it will be a close result between Francois Hollande and Martine Aubry.

Aubry, who is a former Labour Minister, appears on the face of it to be less popular than Hollande as she polled 8.8 per cent less than him in the first round. However, Aubry has upped the rivalry by criticising Hollande’s lack of experience in government and says she is embarrassed by Hollande’s words that sound more right-wing than left.

Answering back, Hollande has stated that he does not want to be involved in this kind of political mudslinging. At the moment, he is leading Aubrey 61 per cent to her 43 per cent. Though Hollande has not been in a national government, he has led the Socialist Party and is head of a local council in Correze in central France.

Hollande is also being backed by Arnaud Montebourg, who came in third place in the first round and says he will vote for Hollande on Sunday.

Whoever wins will take on Nicolas Sarkozy in May hoping to become the first Socialist president in 17 years.

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