Benoit Hamon has travelled to Brussels to try and make changes within the EU
In Brussels, Benoit Hamon held discussions with the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and French socialist Pierre Moscovici, who is the commissioner for economic and financial affairs.
Mr Hamon wants a parliamentary assembly for the eurozone of around 400 MPs and MEPs, which would draft legislation on economic and social reforms.
The left-winger said: “What we are suffering now in Europe is this feeling that decisions regarding our citizens are taken in closed doors meetings without any democratic accountability.”
Hamon has said that he wants to govern the EU of tomorrow and not yesterday
What we are suffering now in Europe is this feeling that decisions regarding our citizens are taken in closed doors meetings without any democratic accountability
During his campaign, Mr Hamon has said that he is the candidate for the Europe of tomorrow and not the Europe of yesterday.
Mr Moscovici, who is pushing for eurozone reforms, said: “Europe is France’s future and we need a France to drive proposals in France.”
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Hamon is also meeting with Martin Schulz to discuss the future of the EU
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On March 28, Mr Hamon will go to Berlin to meet the former President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, to try and convince him to reorient Europe.
During his campaign, Mr Hamon has pledged to democratise and re politicise Europe.
Benoit Hamon wants serious reforms within the EU
The socialist candidate took part in a live debate on Monday night with the other four leading presidential candidates.
On Sunday, he held a campaign rally to a packed out a concert arena in Paris.
During the rally, he said: “They money party gets too many candidates in this election”. He claimed only his party could save France from outside threats, including terrorism.