PARIS (AP) — A quick look at the two candidates advancing to the Jan. 29 runoff of France’s Socialist Party presidential primary, and how it works:
BENOIT HAMON, 49
Resume: Former French junior minister, briefly education minister, former Socialist Party spokesman rebelled, with Montebourg, against Hollande’s policies in 2014.
Pledges: To give 750 euros ($800) “universal income” gradually to all French adults; to tax robots; to legalize cannabis; to repeal labor measures passed by Valls; recognition of a Palestinian state.
Style: Serious, sober.
Weakness: Inexperience at highest levels.
MANUEL VALLS, 54
Resume: French interior minister from 2012-2014; French prime minister 2014-December 2016. Handled the aftermath of terror attacks in Paris in 2015, won parliamentary approval for emergency powers and counterterrorism measures.
Pledges: Lower taxes for middle-class households; minimum income of 850 euros ($906) for adults with no other revenue; civic service for young people; boost police and defense.
Style: Bossy, experienced.
Weakness: Close association with unpopular Socialist President Francois Hollande, who has decided not to seek a second term.
Between 1.5 million and 2 million voters cast ballots at more than 7,500 polling stations Sunday in the first round of the presidential primary. It is open to all voters who pay 1 euro ($1.04) and sign a document saying they share the left’s values. The other five candidates in the primary were eliminated in the first round, while Hamon and Valls advance to the runoff Jan. 29.