Listen to RFI News
Expand Player
 
Listen Download Podcast
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 09/20 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 09/19 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 09/18 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/05 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/04 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/03 13h00 GMT
To take full advantage of multimedia content, you must have the Flash plugin installed in your browser. To connect, you need to enable cookies in your browser settings. For an optimal navigation, the RFI site is compatible with the following browsers: Internet Explorer 8 and above, Firefox 10 and +, Safari 3+, Chrome 17 and + etc.
France

Hollande or Aubry will take on Sarkozy in presidentials

media François Hollande, Martine Aubry AFP

While centre-left hopeful François Hollande took the lead as expected in Sunday’s first round of the Socialist Party primaries, he will have to face a second round, after winning a disappointing 39 per cent of the votes against 31 per cent for runner-up Martine Aubry.

Arnaud Montebourg, a lesser-known Socialist politician, came third with a surprisingly high 17 per cent of the vote.

His campaign focused on protectionism and tougher controls on financial markets and his relatively high score means that both Hollande and Aubry could veer to the left before next Sunday’s final round, in a bid to pick up his voters.

He is expected to announce his support for one of the two remaining candidates on television tonight.

Hollande and Aubry have much in common, they are both from the same political generation, and she replaced him as party leader in 2008.

She was highly critical of his legacy, maintaining he left a divided and rudderless Socialist party, and during the campaign she and others frequently hinted that he was lazy.

Aubry is the daughter of former European Commission president Jacques Delors, and is currently Mayor of the northern French city of Lille, but she is best known as the creator of France’s famous 35-hour-week, which she introduced as Employment Minister.

François Hollande has never held high office, though he has been a prominent figure on the left for years.

He has undergone a complete makeover in his bid to become France’s next president.

Previously known for his relaxed friendly style and good humour, he has adopted a more serious persona and shed 10 kilos.

He was the longtime partner of rival contestant Ségolène Royal, and is the father of her four children.

She was in tears when the results were announced, after coming fourth with only 7 per cent of the vote.

 

 

Related
 
Sorry but the period of time connection to the operation is exceeded.