Any French citizen who pays one euro and declares a commitment to left-wing ideals will be
able to vote in next month’s primaries and tonight the potential candidates will outline their positions in a carefully stage-managed exercise.
It was widely assumed that former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn would be chosen as Socialist Party candidate for the May 2012 Presidential elections, until his dramatic arrest in New York on charges of attempted rape which were later dropped.
Martine Aubry, daughter of former European Commission president Jacques Delors, threw her hat into the ring, many say reluctantly, when it became obvious that Strauss-Kahn would not stand.
She suffers from being seen as a “substitute”, as well as being a dull television performer, but her low-key approach could prove popular.