French President Francois Hollande waits for a guest the day after a reshuffle at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Feb. 12, 2016. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen
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The head of President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party Thursday called for all of France's left-wing parties to agree on a single presidential candidate for 2017, raising the rare prospect of a sitting president having to contest a primary.Opinion polls indicate that Le Pen will qualify for the runoff in first place, leaving only one spot for either a left-wing or a conservative candidate.According to a Cevipof Ipsos poll last month, Hollande would not qualify as things stand, partly because 14 to 15 percent of votes would go to candidates to the left of the Socialist party, including the Greens and Communists.Hollande last week included the heads of two smaller left-wing parties in his cabinet to prepare for 2017 .
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