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    France’s Left Chooses Hamon, Revealing Deep Political Rift

    The lines are drawn. Former Education Minister Benoît Hamon, initially seen as a distant third in France’s Socialist primary, won the nomination last night in a landslide against conservative former Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Hamon supports universal basic income and legalizing marijuana, and his win signals that France’s left is rejecting the pro-business centrism of notoriously unpopular President François Hollande. Now Hamon will face embattled conservative candidate François Fillon, independent Emmanuel Macron and ultranationalist Marine Le Pen in April’s general elections, in which he’s predicted to finish fourth.

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