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Valls has switched his support to Macron.  

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Mar 30th, 2017 at 09:46:47 AM EST
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While claiming to remain a Socialist. The PS is reacting to Benoît Hamon as Labour to Corbyn.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Mar 30th, 2017 at 11:05:59 AM EST
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Except that Corbyn is still leader of a party with considerable support, whereas Hamon is at 10% ...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Mar 30th, 2017 at 11:39:30 AM EST
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Franck: whereas Hamon is at 10%

Whereas Hamon runs under the PS banner, a party that has been terminally weakened by five years of Hollande government with alignment to the EPP austerity policies, decreasing worker protections, more power to the police (and more police brutality) and generally doing the opposite of what he promised in 2012.

Hollande has managed to destroy the PS. Not only has he and the PS leadership shown no interest in supporting Hamon, but several prominent PS figures are publicly supporting Macron , wrecking the PS (and Hamon's) chances. Hollande himself is said to be covertly supporting Macron.

by Bernard on Thu Mar 30th, 2017 at 06:16:58 PM EST
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Well Macron was his personal advisor and then Economics minister.  It is one of the miracles of modern marketing (and media complicity) that Macron has managed to distance himself so successfully from Hollande. He has probably asked Hollande not to endorse him publicly  - at least not until the second round - so as to help maintain that distance.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Mar 30th, 2017 at 06:28:28 PM EST
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This is why - if the rumors about Hollande not only supporting Macron, but having suggested him to run in the first place, are any true - he is keeping away from it all: his position as a lame duck president gives him the perfect cover and Hollande may be a so-so president, but he is no fool.
by Bernard on Thu Mar 30th, 2017 at 08:15:03 PM EST
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When the right wins it is time for unity. When it loses it is time to destroy the party to save the party.
by generic on Thu Mar 30th, 2017 at 12:29:32 PM EST
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