France: PM Manuel Valls resigns

Tuesday, 6 December, 2016 - 12:00

The French PM Manuel Valls has resigned. He has also declared his bid to become the Socialist candidate for next year’s presidential election.

Manuel Valls said: «The time, yes, time, has come to go further in my commitment. Statesmanship leads me to decide that I can no longer be Prime Minister while at the same time being candidate. In total agreement with the President of the Republic, I will resign from my role from tomorrow because I want to offer the French people a path in complete freedom».

Meanwhile, François Hollande has named Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve to head the French government as prime minister.