Polls open in French left-wing primaries, with voters still optimistic that the Socialist Party can arrive at a viable candidate for the presidential polls. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Voting got under way on Sunday (January 22) to whittle down Socialist candidates for the French presidential ticket to two from seven, with ex-prime minister Manuel Valls facing an outside risk of failing to make the run-off vote in a week's time. Opinion polls suggest no Socialist has much chance of winning the presidential election itself this coming Spring, but they show the outcome of the beleaguered ruling party's primary having a potential impact on who actually does replace Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace. It's likely that the winner of the conservative nomination will go head-to-head with the far right National Front's Marine le Pen for the presidency come May.