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There was an announcement that there would be a primary on the left in the beginning of December.

François Hollande later announced (via a nationally televised interview with a carefully selected group of journalists and citizens) that he would announce his intentions...in December.

So no, there are no credible plans for a primary on the left in France, and Jean-Luc Mélenchon has, logically, announced his intention to run for the Presidency in 2017 irregardless.

by John Redmond (Ladybeaterz@NolesAD.com) on Tue May 31st, 2016 at 07:39:44 AM EST
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Thanks. I guess that also means Hollande is running, because it leaves little time for PS to choose anyone else.

Looking at the Opinion polling for the French presidential election, 2017 the most likely result looks like LePen and whoever UMP nominates on to the second round, with Holland and Mélenchon fighting it out for third and fourth place.

by fjallstrom on Tue May 31st, 2016 at 09:13:59 AM EST
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Arguably, he might be playing coy in order to not play the lame duck, in much the same way as his idol, François Mitterand, did in 1994, waiting until the last minute to decline to run, and in so doing giving his weak governement a little more political force.

It is a cottage industry among pundits here to attempt to ascertain the president's intentions...

by John Redmond (Ladybeaterz@NolesAD.com) on Tue May 31st, 2016 at 11:13:30 AM EST
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