Benoit Hamon

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Madame la Présidente?

As conventional wisdom would have it, Marine Le Pen will easily make it through the first round of the French presidential election in April. And then(...)

Far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen speaking in Lyon on Sunday. Photograph: Michel Euler/AP

Marine Le Pen, the presidential candidate for the extreme right-wing Front National (FN), veered sharper to the right at the first of her 10 campaign (...)

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron: illusory hope? Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

The French presidential election in April and May will have profound repercussions for the future of the French left and the very concept of social d(...)

François Fillon: The presidential candidate  visits a  creche in Poix-Terron on Thursday even as the “Penelope-gate” investigation was expanded to include his two children. Photograph: François Nascimbeni/AFP/Getty Images

François Fillon, the embattled French presidential candidate for the conservative party Les Républicains, was contradicted by his wife in an interview(...)

Emmanuel Macron and Ségolène Royal: François Hollande’s former domestic partner judged “this little one” Macron to be presidential material. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

In the photograph published on the front page of the conservative newspaper Le Figaro, the independent presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron and the (...)

Benoit Hamon, who yesterday saluted “the living, vibrant left” and promised to unite socialists and ecologists. Photograph: Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images

The French Socialist Party on Sunday chose Benoit Hamon (49), a rebel from the far left of the party, by a wide margin to represent them in the first(...)

A man works with figures of presidential candidates Marine Le Pen, Francois Fillon  and Emmanuel Macron in Nice, southeastern France, during the preparation of the 133rd Nice Carnival. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

The French presidential campaign appears to be headed for a contest between Marine Le Pen, the leader of the extreme right-wing Front National (FN) an(...)

Francois Fillon: former French prime minister and right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party candidate for the French 2017 presidential election . Photograph: Christophe Archambault/EPA

When is France holding its presidential election? The first round vote takes place on April 23rd next. If no candidate wins an outright majority, as (...)

Benoît Hamon wants to legalise cannabis and euthanasia, recruit 40,000 more teachers and make France more welcoming to refugees. Photograph: Jeremy Lempin/EPA

With Benoît Hamon’s unexpected victory in the first round of the Socialist presidential primary, the left of the party has punished President François(...)

Former French minister Benoit Hamon: he   won 36.12 per cent of the ballot, with more than half of the votes counted in the French socialist presidential primary. Former prime minister Manuel Valls  came in second with 31.24 per cent of the vote. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

Benoit Hamon, a left-wing rebel who was forced out of the socialist government in August 2014, was the surprise winner of the first round of the socia(...)

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