Will he, won’t he? Hollande’s silence over primaries leaves Socialist Party in disarray

Will he, won’t he? Hollande’s silence over primaries leaves Socialist Party in disarray

  With just five months to go before France’s presidential elections, François Hollande has kept the country in suspense over whether he will run for a second term, throwing his Socialist Party into disarray. Hollande has until December 15 to declare his candidacy in the left-wing primaries, which will be held in two rounds on […]

French right-wing primaries up for grabs as Fillon surges in polls

French right-wing primaries up for grabs as Fillon surges in polls

The outcome of Sunday’s primary to choose a conservative presidential candidate looked increasingly uncertain Wednesday, after polls showed former prime minister François Fillon’s ratings shoot up from third place in what had been a two-man race. Just last week, polls had 71-year-old former prime minister Alain Juppé heading for a comfortable win in Sunday’s first […]

Juppé widens lead over Sarkozy ahead of French presidential primaries

Juppé widens lead over Sarkozy ahead of French presidential primaries

  Former prime minister Alain Juppé has widened his lead over rival Nicolas Sarkozy to win the centre-right’s nomination for France’s 2017 presidential elections, an opinion poll showed on Tuesday. Sarkozy, who was president from 2007 to 2012, initially narrowed the gap with Juppé when he launched his campaign in August on a law-and-order platform. […]