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French Socialist Hamon Quietly Rises in Election Polls

  • Surveys still show him missing run-off, but getting closer
  • Race thrown into turmoil by Fillon family revelations
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As the French presidential campaign of Francois Fillon implodes, the Socialist Party’s candidate is slowing emerging as an unlikely contender.

Benoit Hamon was given little chance of ever being France’s next president when he won the primary of a deeply divided Socialist party. But since his victory last Sunday, the 49-year-old former education minister, whose signature issue is a basic universal income, has jumped in polls.