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French Communist Party national secretary Pierre Laurent holds the... News PhotoArts Culture and Entertainment,Closing,Communist Party,Congress,Former,France,French Culture,Horizontal,Lectern,Organized Group,Paris - France,Political Party,Politics,Saint-Denis - Paris,Seine-St-Denis,SpeechPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPFrench Communist Party (PCF) national secretary Pierre Laurent holds the former PCF membership card on February 10, 2013, during his speech closing the 36th Congress of the French Communist Party in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. Pierre Laurent, 55, the sole candidate to his own succession was re-elected as the PCF's national secretary with 100 percent of the 624 votes. Laurent intended to prove that former PCF membership cards, as well as the new ones, did not show the communist hammer and sickle symbols. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)