In France in the primaries of the Socialist party defeated former Minister of education Benoit Amon, reports Reuters. 49-year-old politician received 58,65% of the votes. His rival, former Prime Minister Manuel Valls, received 41,35 percent, conceded defeat.
The primaries of the socialists in France are held in two rounds, the first took place on 22 January, was then also defeated Amon, he was supported by 36.03% of voters. Waltz was second — 31.48 percent, the third — former Minister of economy Arnaud Montebourg (17.52% of the votes).
Presidential elections will be held in two phases on April 23 and may 7. In addition to the candidate from the ruling socialist party in the struggle for the presidency will meet former Prime Minister Francois Fillon, who won the primaries of the centre-right, and the leader of the far-right party “national front” marine Le Pen.
As noted, because of the extremely unpopular incumbent President-socialist Francois Hollande there is a risk that this party will not go into the second round. While it is most likely that it will meet Fillon and Le Pen. At the same time, opinion polls show, increasing its popularity former economy Minister Emmanuel macron, who intends to go to the polls as an independent candidate. According to analysts, the victory in the primaries of Amon, left more than a Waltz, it is preferable for Macron, as supporters of the Waltz, more loyal to the business community, can give a voice to the Makron.