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    France's Montebourg Calls to Vote for Hamon in 2 Round of Socialist Primaries

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    Former French Minister of Economy Arnaud Montebourg, who finished third in the Socialist Party primaries, has called on Sunday for voting in favor of ex-minister of education Benoit Hamon in the second round.

    PARIS (Sputnik) — The first round of primaries took place earlier on Sunday, with Hamon and former Prime Minister Manuel Valls entering the second round of the primaries.

    "Next Sunday I will vote for Benoit Hamon and urge you to do the same. We are talking about the need to unite for the future of the Left and of France in general," Montebourg said.

    He added that the vote showed the voters' discontent with the outcomes of Francois Hollande presidency.

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