Benoit Hamon, French Socialist party 2017 presidential candidate, flanked by Martine Aubry, mayor of Lille (L), and Cecile Duflot (R), waves at the end of a campaign rally in Lille, France, March 29, 2017. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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More than one in two French voters believe struggling Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon should drop out of the presidential race in favor of a rival left-winger who has overtaken him in surveys of voting intentions, a poll showed Thursday.Only the two top candidates go through to the May 7 runoff.The Harris Interactive poll found that 53 percent of voters felt Hamon should pull out of the race in favour of Jean-Luc Melenchon, firebrand candidate of the Left Party, or what the French call "the Left of the Left"Hamon has for weeks been urging Melenchon to unite with the Socialists behind him as a single candidate.
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