>> The socialist rebel taking on his former boss to be the Left's candidate in the French presidential election. Traditional left-winger, Benoit Hamon, winning the first round of the primary on Sunday night, comfortably beating ex-Prime Minister, Manuel Valls. The socialist field now whittled from seven candidates down to two.
>> By making me come first, you've sent a clear message of hope and change, a desire to write a new chapter in the history of Left and France.>> Hamon was sacked from government by President Francois Hollande for criticizing his economic policies. While Valls was a Hollande loyalist when in government.
Former economy minister Arnaud Montebourg was eliminated and quickly called on his supporters to back Hamon in next Sunday's second round.>>
Valls' supporters still vocal in their belief, cheering him to the stage as he told them there's still everything to play for.>> A very clear choice is now before us and before you, my dear compatriots.
The choice between certain defeat and possible victory. The choice between promises which can't be realized or funded. And the Left which is credible, which faces up to the country's responsibilities. The men will now contest the second round on Sunday. Valls calling on Monday for a big voter turnout.
Either way, opinion polls indicate no socialist has much chance of getting beyond the first round of the spring election, chiefly due to Hollande's wide unpopularity. The final outcome, still hard to predict.