French socialist primary

The runners and riders.

Voting in the first round of the primary to choose the Socialist candidate at next year's French presidential election takes place today. Unlike in 2006, all French citizens are eligible to vote - not just activists of the Parti Socialiste (PS).

There are six candidates, one of whom, Jean-Michel Baylet, is not a member of the PS (Baylet is president of the Parti radical de gauche). They are:

If no candidate achieves more than 50 per cent of the vote, a second round will take place next Sunday (16 October).

Two recent polls put Hollande in the lead with 43 and 40 per cent respectively, followed by Aubry (29/28 per cent), Montebourg (12/11 per cent), Royal (11/6 per cent), Valls (6/5 per cent) and Baylet (1/1 per cent). I'll be blogging the results of the first round on the Staggers tomorrow.

Jonathan Derbyshire is Managing Editor of Prospect. He was formerly Culture Editor of the New Statesman.

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Andy Burnham's full speech on attack: "Manchester is waking up to the most difficult of dawns"

"We are grieving today, but we are strong."

Following Monday night's terror attack on an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, newly elected mayor of the city Andy Burnham, gave a speech outside Manchester Town Hall on Tuesday morning, the full text of which is below: 

After our darkest of nights, Manchester is today waking up to the most difficult of dawns. 

It’s hard to believe what has happened here in the last few hours and to put into words the shock, anger and hurt that we feel today.

These were children, young people and their families that those responsible chose to terrorise and kill.

This was an evil act. Our first thoughts are with the families of those killed and injured. And we will do whatever we can to support them.

We are grieving today, but we are strong. Today it will be business as usual as far as possible in our great city.

I want to thank the hundreds of police, fire and ambulance staff who worked throughout the night in the most difficult circumstances imaginable.

We have had messages of support from cities around the country and across the world, and we want to thank them for that.

But lastly I wanted to thank the people of Manchester. Even in the minute after the attack, they opened their doors to strangers and drove them away from danger.

They gave the best possible immediate response to those who seek to divide us and it will be that spirit of Manchester that will prevail and hold us together.

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