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Hamon’s academic supporters ‘going too far’

The claim by three prominent academics that Socialist presidential candidate Benoît Hamon is a “candidate of big ideas” has been given short shrift by two researchers supporting centrist frontrunner Emmanuel Macron.

Sandra Laugier, director of the Panthéon-Sorbonne University’s centre for contemporary philosophy, Nicolas Matyjasik, associate professor in political science at the Sciences Po grande école in Lille, and Gérard Grunberg, director of Cevipof, Sciences Po’s Paris research centre, published a joint article in support of Hamon in Le Monde on 3 April.

The authors noted the growing number of prominent academics in the social sciences who have expressed their support for Hamon. This, the authors said, was because Hamon “is the candidate of ideas”.

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