Manuel Valls

(FILES) This file photo taken on April 10, 2016 shows French Prime minister Manuel Valls (R) talking with his Economy and Industry Minister Emmanuel Macron during the opening of the 3rd forum on partnerships between France and Algeria in Algiers. France's former prime minister Manuel Valls endorsed the presidential bid of centrist Emmanuel Macron on March 29, 2017, the most high-profile Socialist to back the ex-banker over their party's nominee. Farouk Batiche / AFP

Former PM Valls endorses Macron for French presidency

The former premier cited the "risks" of a Le Pen victory in confirming his support for Macron, in an interview with BFM TV. Le Pen pounced on the defection as proof of
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Winner of the right-wing primaries ahead of France's 2017 presidential elections Benoit Hamon (R) smiles next to defeated candidate Manuel Valls (L) as French Socialist Party (PS) leader Jean-Christophe Cambadelis (C) holds their hands following the announcement of the results of the second round of the left primaries ahead of France's 2017 presidential elections, at the Solferino Party Socialist's headquarters in Paris on January 29, 2017. French leftwinger Benoit Hamon has won the Socialist nomination for president in this year's election, easily defeating centrist ex-premier Manuel Valls in a runoff, partial results showed on January 29, 2017. Results from 60 percent of polling stations showed Hamon winning 58.65 percent to 41.35 percent for Valls, announced the head of the primary organising committee, Thomas Clay. Eric FEFERBERG / AFP

French Socialists nominate leftwinger Hamon for president

France's divided Socialists picked leftwinger Benoit Hamon as their presidential nominee Sunday, in the latest twist of a roller-coaster election race that has seen conservative frontrunner Francois Fillon engulfed in scandal.
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Former prime minister and candidate for the left-wing primaries, Manuel Valls gestures before speaking following the first round of the left-wing primary for the 2017 French presidential election, on January 22, 2017 at the Latin American House in Paris. Outsider Benoit Hamon came first in the French Socialists' presidential primary on January 22, 2017 and will stand against former prime minister Manuel Valls in a January 29 runoff, partial results showed. With just over one-third of polling stations reporting, Hamon scored 35.21 percent to 31.56 percent for Valls, with former economy minister Arnaud Montebourg eliminated along with four other candidates, party electoral official Thomas Clay announced. / AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERG

Ex-PM Valls fights outsider for French presidential nod

Outsider Benoit Hamon will fight ex-prime minister Manuel Valls for the French Socialist presidential nomination next Sunday, after winning the first round of a primary seen as a battle for the party's
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Founder of the new Ecology party "ecologistes!" (environmentalists) and candidate for the left-wing primaries, François de Rugy (L), looks on before casting his ballot at a polling station during the first round of the left-wing primary for the 2017 French presidential election, on January 22, 2017 in Nantes, western France. JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD / AFP

French Socialists seek relevance in presidential primary

France's Socialists voted Sunday in the first round of their presidential primary with candidates including former prime minister Manuel Valls seeking traction in an election tilting to the right.
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Former French Prime Minister and candidate for the left-wing primaries ahead of the France's 2017 presidential elections Manuel Valls, delivers a speech during a public meeting on January 8, 2017 in Lievin. / AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET

French ex-PM Valls struggles to ignite presidential run

The worries are mounting for former French PM Manuel Valls as he bids to clinch the Socialist party nomination for this year's presidential election: sliding poll numbers, disappointing crowds and a muddled
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French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve arriving at the Elysee Palace in Paris. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was appointed as the new prime minister on December 6, 2016 after Manuel Valls resigned to seek the Socialist nomination in the presidential election, the presidency said. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY

Bernard Cazeneuve named French PM after Valls quits

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was appointed as the new prime minister on Tuesday after Manuel Valls resigned to seek the Socialist nomination in the presidential election, the presidency said.
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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls delivers a speech to announce his bid to become the Socialist presidential candidate in the 2017 presidential elections, at the town hall of Evry, south of Paris, on December 5, 2016. "I am a candidate for the presidency of the Republic," he said, announcing he would step down as prime minister on December 6, 2016 to contest the Socialist nomination in a January primary. / AFP PHOTO / Lionel BONAVENTURE

French PM quits to enter presidential race

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is set to resign on Tuesday to free himself to do battle for the Socialist nomination in next year's presidential election.
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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls delivers a speech at the prefecture of Meurthe-et-Moselle on December 2, 2016 in Nancy, eastern France. French President Francois Hollande's dramatic announcement that he will not seek a second term opens the way for his prime minister Manuel Valls to make a bid for power in next year's increasingly open election. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN

French PM Manuel Valls to announce run for president

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls will on Monday announce he is running to become the Socialist candidate for president in elections next year, sources close to him have told AFP.
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French President Francois Hollande/ AFP PHOTO / POOL / Etienne Oliveau /

French leftwing field wide open after Hollande bows out

French President Francois Hollande's dramatic announcement that he will not seek a second term opens the way for his prime minister Manuel Valls to make a bid for power in next year's
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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY

Germany, France divided over EU-US trade deal

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Thursday demanded a "clear halt" to negotiations towards an ambitious US-EU trade agreement as Germany's leader stressed her continued support for the contentious pact.
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Priest Auguste Moanda addresses an audience, flancked by Mohammed Karabila, President of the Muslim Regional Council of Haute-Hormandie and director of the mosque Yahya in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray (L), Priest Pierre (2nd R) in charged of the relations with other religions, and Anouar Kebibech, president of the CFCM (R), on July 29, 2016 in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, where a French Catholic priest Jacques Hamel was killed on July 26, in the latest of a string of attacks claimed by or blamed on the Islamic State jihadist group. French President Francois Hollande said that two men who attacked a church and slit the throat of the priest had "claimed to be from Daesh", using the Arabic name for the Islamic State group. Police said they killed two hostage-takers in the attack in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, 125 kilometres (77 miles) north of Paris. As the two attackers made to leave the church they were confronted by a French police unit specialising in hostage situations, the BRI, and were shot dead. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

Christians, Muslims to mourn murdered French priest

Muslim and Christian groups will hold vigils for a French priest murdered by jihadists Saturday, as authorities charged a man in connection with the brutal church attack that rocked the nation.
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