Contenders in French political race
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Key point in French Socialist contest

Nominations for who will lead the French Socialist party's campaign for the presidency in 2012 close on Wednesday.

All eyes are on two front-runners, the current and former party leaders Martine Aubry and Francois Hollande, but Dominique Strauss-Kahn cannot be ruled out as a last-minute entrant.

The former IMF chief is accused of sexually assaulting a maid in a New York hotel on 14 May, but doubts have recently emerged about the strength of the case against him.

The party's two-round, US-style primaries are scheduled for 9 and 16 October.

Hugh Schofield reports.

  • 13 Jul 2011
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