Francois Hollande appeared Sunday to be the French Socialist choice to face President Nicolas Sarkozy in next year's presidential election.
His opponent in Sunday's runoff election congratulated Hollande.
"The Socialist primaries have made Mr. Hollande more legitimate and stronger to fight against the right," Martine Aubry told CNN affiliate BFM-TV.
Hollande had 58% of the votes and Aubry 42% in early counting.
The pair squared off after former favorite Dominique Strauss-Kahn was felled by accusations of attempted rape in both the United States and France.FULL STORY