France’s divided Left will this weekend narrow its search for a presidential candidate, though opinion polls show whoever emerges victor will struggle to head off humiliation in the April-May election.
The candidate must deal with the legacy of President Francois Hollande, whose ratings plummeted with his failure to turn the economy around. It appears a near-certainty that no Left representative will get beyond the April 23 first round.
The focus of campaigning — not only for the Socialists but also the election front-runners — is likely to focus on France’s moderate left, a vast electorate spanning factory and office workers, shopkeepers and Paris professional elites.
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