Will embattled President Francois Hollande run for a second term? Will his prime minister back him? And do any of them stand a chance against the conservatives and a resurgent far right? Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Will he or won't he? French President Francois Hollande is expected to announce in the coming days whether he will seek a second term. Prime Minister Manuel Valls is waiting in the wings. Newspapers are having a field day. "Le Figaro" calling it "Psychodrama at the top". Valls faced questions in parliament about his ambitions Tuesday. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRIME MINISTER, MANUEL VALLS, SAYING: "We will have this debate calmly, manifesto against manifesto, never forgetting the threat posed by the National Front, and on this topic as on others, I and others are ready to take the lead because we think that yes the left still represents what's needed for the country." When he was asked about his ambition he said, "I and others are ready to take the lead because we think that yes the left still represents what's needed for the country." On the streets of Paris voters weigh in. (SOUNDBITE) (French) 51 YEAR-OLD BUSINESS OWNER WHO SUPPORTS RIGHT, CLEMENT HEINRICH, SAYING: "Let the best man win. And today I certainly wouldn't trust Hollande. I definitely wouldn't vote for him. If I were going to vote for the left, I'd definitely vote for Valls. He needs to run." Others came to the defense of Hollande. (SOUNDBITE) (French) 68 YEAR-OLD HOLLANDE SUPPORTER, LILIANNE SAINT LOUIS, SAYING: "I think that Francois Hollande has given people a chance and now when I see that he's being stabbed in the back. It's not right." The socialist primary is set to take place in January.