Maverick Montebourg enters French presidential race

Frangy-en-Bresse (France) (AFP) – Former French economy minister Arnaud Montebourg on Sunday joined the race to become French president in next May’s election, effectively signalling the start of the campaign season. Maverick left-winger Montebourg is the third former minister from President Francois Hollande’s Socialist government to declare his intention to stand as a candidate after former ecology minister Cecile Duflot and Benoit Hamon, who once headed the education ministry. “I am a candidate because it is impossible for me to support Francois Hollande,” Montebourg told supporters in Burgundy.

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