The new leader of France's Socialists, Olivier Faure, told supporters to bury internal divisions on Sunday and rally behind his bid to bring the party back from the political wilderness where it has languished since an electoral defeat last year.
The party of former President Francois Hollande lost power in May 2017 and limped into fifth place in the presidential race, as Emmanuel Macron, backed by an upstart movement, swept away mainstream forces that had governed France for decades.
Associate Professor in French and Francophone Studies at the University of Nottingham, Paul Smith, comments.
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