Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon travels to Berlin Tuesday, desperate for anything that can revive his struggling French election campaign.
Hamon may represent France’s oldest political party, but his polling numbers have been on the slide since he won the party’s primary in January and he’s now languishing in fifth place. On his left he’s been overtaken by Communist-backed Jean-Luc Melenchon and in the center he’s seen a steady stream of Socialists endorse independent Emmanuel Macron.
“The situation is grave for the Socialist nominee,” said Pascal Perrineau, a researcher at Paris-based political institute Cevipof. “His political space is extremely limited.”
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