French Socialists are inching toward primaries to try reinforcing their camp ahead of the 2017 presidential vote as polls show dwindling support for President Francois Hollande.

Jean-Christophe Cambadelis
Jean-Christophe Cambadelis
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Hollande has “big chances to be the candidate of the left” at next year’s elections and France’s president is probably the only one capable of winning from his camp, Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, head of the majority Socialist Party, said in an interview with Liberation on Saturday. Cambadelis is proposing primaries for Socialists and their close allies to be held in December or January. The primaries would be open to other political forces from the left.

Hollande’s government is facing transport strikes and protests backed by some unions against a labor bill it watered down in March and Hollande’s popularity has new lows in recent months.

The president may struggle to get to the second round of next year’s vote, according to a BVA poll this week.

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