> The 350 billion Euros for the universal income, the change to a 32-hour working week, building a new aircraft carrier, expanding the number of public sector workers. In all, Benoit Hamon's presidential term would cost at least 500 billion Euros, and no one thinks for a single second that, that is credible.
But the scrap has become a fight for the heart France's left wing.>>
You cannot be elected on a manifesto like that, because the left would collapse and would lose all credibility.>> And it gets worse for loyal French Socialists. The tussle leading up to Sunday's vote, taking its toll on both candidates support base. A fallout that might favor breakaway independent leftist Emmanuel Macron.
The former Economy Minister, recently formed his own party, On The Move, and in the pools he's exactly that. Third in the race for the presidency. Even Valls has left the door open to backing Macron if Sunday doesn't go his way. But the real race to France's top job comes in the Spring.
Then, after initial voting the two leading figures will go head to head in a second round. Polls so far suggest a left wing candidate, might not even get a look-in.