18 January 2018

Manuel Valls resigns

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France's prime minister, Manuel Valls, has resigned to declare himself a candidate for the presidency in an attempt to save the Socialist Party from a humiliating exit from elections next spring.

Speaking in Evry, the gritty Paris suburb where he was long mayor, he said: "Yes, I'm candidate for the presidency."

"I will leave my post (of prime minister) tomorrow."

Mr Valls, who served as prime minister for two years, hopes to prevent leftist former cabinet rebels, notably Arnaud Montebourg, self-styled champion of "Le Made in France", from winning the candidacy next month.

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