Frances divided left looks set for defeat in first-round elections
The movements failure to unite behind one candidate will be costly
This weekend is billed as the final round in the battle of Frances bitterly, almost fatally, divided left.
Two big weekend rallies pit Benot Hamon versus Jean-Luc Mlenchon: the socialist left versus the hard left, a battle that seems set to ensure that neither will win the ultimate struggle to become the countrys next leader.
Mlenchons La France Insoumise (Unbowed France) movement marched on the Bastille yesterday; Hamon, the Parti Socialiste (PS) candidate, will hold a rally today at the AccorHotels arena at Bercy, not far from his former office when a junior economy minister in Franois Hollandes Socialist government, one he ultimately refused to support.
The timing of the two events, seen as an unfortunate coincidence rather than a deliberate provocation, comes when both candidates are struggling to be heard above the cacophony of political scandals that have nothing to do with them but have drowned out the debate.
For Hamon, it may be a last chance to breathe life into an ailing campaign after further damaging defections from his own camp.