The Socialist party in France has decided to hold primary elections this year in order to choose among six candidates the onewho will oppose incumbent President Sarkozy in April 2012. The first round on October 9th was won by François Hollande, followed by Martine Aubry. In the second round a week later, Hollande increased his lead and became the official Socialist candidate. Note that this was the first primary election ever in France, based on the American primaries which are cited as an example of voter participation in choosing a presidential candidate who was heretofore always appointed by the Party.
In the world of sports, France is currently in the ban of the World Cup Rugby that is taking place in New Zealand, where France will be facing the host country’s feared All Blacks in the finals on October 23rd. French fans are collectively holding their breath and won’t exhale until it’s all over. Stay tuned.
(*) To read about earlier guests at the Fête du Livre, including Philip Roth and Nobel prize winner Toni Morrison, described in Taking Root in Provence, click here.