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>> Socialist candidates joined voters at the ballot box Sunday, to make their voices heard in France's nationwide presidential primary vote. Ex-Prime Minister Manuel Valls facing an outside risk of failing to make the run-off vote in a weeks time. Opinion polls suggest no socialist has much chance of winning the presidential election itself this coming spring.
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Chiefly due to current President Francois Hollande's wide unpopularity. Valls
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Critics say pro-business socialist Valls has struggled to defend his government's record. Despite this, he has constantly topped popularity polls, although Hamon was seen to have made a stronger impression in a series of televised debates. Formerly popular, the Socialist Party has seen support evaporate during Hollande's presidency. He has struggled to turn the economy around and alienated left-wing voters with his economic policies.
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It's likely that the winner of the Conservative nomination will go head-to-head with the far-right National fronts Marine Le Pen for the presidency come spring.>>