- Title: French PM supports Socialists' presidential candidate Hamon, who calls for unity
- Date: 30th January 2017
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (JANUARY 30, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF CARS ENTERING FRENCH PRIME MINISTER'S RESIDENCE FRENCH GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN, STEPHANE LE FOLL, ENTERING PRIME MINISTER'S RESIDENCE COURTYARD FRENCH PRIME MINISTER, BERNARD CAZENEUVE, ARRIVING AT PRIME MINISTER'S RESIDENCE JOURNALISTS WAITING IN COURTYARD FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER, JEAN-MARC AYRAULT, LEAVING LE FOLL LEAVING FRENCH FINANCE MINISTER, MICHEL SAPIN, LEAVING JOURNALISTS FRENCH SOCIALISTS' PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, BENOIT HAMON, ENTERING PRIME MINISTER'S RESIDENCE JOURNALISTS AND FRENCH AND EUROPEAN FLAGS HAMON LEAVING PRIME MINISTER'S RESIDENCE FRENCH FLAG (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH SOCIALISTS' PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, BENOIT HAMON, SAYING: "It's my duty today to gather citizens to face the two dangers with, on the one hand, (French Conservative presidential candidate) Francois Fillon's right - which is tough and conservative, which would call into question some established social benefits. On the other hand, there's the extremely dangerous, nationalist and xenophobic far-right of Marine Le Pen. So, I leave this meeting satisfied and happy to see that the bases for uniting are in extremely clear terms." CAZENEUVE LEAVING PRIME MINISTER'S RESIDENCE JOURNALISTS WAITING (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRIME MINISTER, BERNARD CAZENEUVE, SAYING: "The Left is part of history; it carries values and a message of progress. There have always been differences within the party, and that's never prevented its unity on the essentials. And no victory is possible for the Left without union, without a collective and clear approach. The Left will win in 2017 if it knows how to come together and to place its manifesto within our common identity: in the legacy of (former French socialist leaders) Leon Blum, Francois Mitterrand and Lionel Jospin." CARS IN COURTYARD
- Embargoed: 13th February 2017 17:37
- Keywords: Election primary Benoit Hamon Bernard Cazeneuve left France presidential
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA001619XNWN
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- Story Text: Newly-elected presidential candidate for the French Socialists Benoit Hamon met French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Monday (January 30), with both calling for unity on the Left.
Hard-left Socialist Benoit Hamon won his party's ticket for this spring's French presidential election, and has now the mission to unify party weakened by the unpopular presidency of French President Francois Hollande, and deeply fractured.
"I leave this meeting satisfied and happy to see that the bases for uniting are in extremely clear terms," Hamon told reporters.
In opinion polls, Socialists are given next to no chance of getting beyond the first round of the election in April.
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