François Gérard Georges Hollande the 57 year old French politician has won the Socialist Party’s presidential primary, entitling him to challenge Nicolas Sarkozy as the Party’s nominee in the 2012 presidential elections. Hollande considered a moderate won nearly 57% of the vote beating his rival Martine Aubry, who is largely credited with the introduction of the 35 hour working week. Hollande is the former partner of Ségolène Royal with who he has four children. Royal was defeated by Sarkozy in the 2007 French presidential election, and within a month of the defeat the couple separated over a relationship between Hollande and a journalist. Dominique Strauss-Kahn until his imprisonment in the US on rape charges alleged by a New York hotel maid, had been the front runner for the Socialist Party nomination.


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