Last week on 16-17 March, socialist European leaders – including President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, the leader of the Party of European Socialists Sergei Stanishev and SPD leader Sigmar Gabriel – gathered in Paris to support Socialist candidate François Hollande ahead of the presidential elections, with a first round on 22 April and a run-off on 6 May.
Polls give a slight advantage to Hollande, who is likely to be propelled to the run-off together with centre-right President Nicolas Sarkozy.
“As President of the European Parliament, I don’t have the institutional right, but I have a friend I like a lot […] and wish him all the luck, his name is François Hollande,” Schulz said.
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