Strauss-Kahn urged to declare on Elysee bid

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Series Details 1.12.10
Publication Date 01/12/2010
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Article reports that Ségolène Royal, who lost to Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007 in the Presidential elections, took her socialist colleagues by surprise when she said on the 29 November 2010 that she would seek her party’s nomination for a second bid in the presidential election in 2012.

Fellow Socialist, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, would be under growing pressure to declare whether he would give up his job as managing director of the International Monetary Fund and run for the French presidency.

Martine Aubry, the socialist party leader was also considered to be in the running.

In January 2011 the Socialist Party announced that it would hold two rounds of primaries in October 2011 to determine who will be the party's candidate to challenge President Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2012 election.

In April 2011 François Hollande said he would take part in the October primaries. Among his competitors would be Ségolène Royal, his former partner and the mother of his children.

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