France’s Sapin Warns Left Against Too Many Presidential Hopefuls

France’s finance minister warned politicians on the left against division, saying too many candidates for the presidency could lead to their exclusion in the run-off vote next year.

“With a multiplication of candidates on the left, we all know the result: there will be no left-wing candidate in the second round of the presidential,” Michel Sapin said Sunday on RTL radio.

France’s 2017 presidential election will be held in two rounds in April and May. Former ministers Arnaud Montebourg and Jean-Luc Melenchon have both declared their candidacies. Emmanuel Macron, another ex-minister, quit the government last month, fueling speculation he also plans to enter the race. President Francois Hollande has yet to say whether he intends to seek a second mandate.

Sapin defended his boss as a “natural” candidate because he’s the incumbent.
“I don’t know a candidate on the left that is better placed to unite its supporters,” the minister said.

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