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March 24, 2017
French socialist wins new backing in presidential race
Paris (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon picked up new backing Thursday in the rollercoaster French presidential race, as the nation's left aims to forge a united front with polls just months away. Environmentalist Yannick Jadot dropped out and threw his support behind Hamon, while Communist-backed Jean-Luc Melenchon said he was "open to discussion." Polls show the three have enough supporters to mount a serious challenge together, which means a potential tie-up between the splintered leftist candidate ... read more

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