The contours of France's presidential race are slowly taking shape with ex-prime minister Manuel Valls looking increasingly likely to be the Socialist Party's contender. Mia Womersley reports.
This man looks set to be the socialist contender for the French presidency. A new opinion poll Thursday (January 5) showing former Prime Minister Manuel Valls clear favourite come the first round of the party's primary on 22nd January. He quit as PM a month ago to prepare his campaign. To win votes, Valls has promised to avoid draconian public spending cuts and proposed substantial handouts to jobless people - without requiring them to prove they are actively seeking work. Valls also says he'll increase the country's defence budget and hire 1,000 more police each year. But even if he is chosen as the Socialist candidate, he's not expected to go any further come the spring primaries. Conservative Francois Fillon and far-right Marine Le Pen consistently polled as the favourites for the final two, with Fillon picked as the overall winner.