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More than half of France's population considers itself Catholic, and studies have shown that practicing Catholics tend to vote on the right. But it is difficult to define a "Catholic vote" in France, as there there is a range of political opinions, even if the voices on the right are more vocal. Ahead of presidential elections in April and May, RFI's Sarah Elzas meets some Catholics on the left, who are trying to reconcile their faith with their politics: they are attracted to leftist economic ideas, but remain socially conservative, which makes choosing a candidate difficult.
Thousands rally for French Socialist presidential candidate Hamon