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France: Valls steps down as PM to chase Socialist presidential candidacy01:27

France: Valls steps down as PM to chase Socialist presidential candidacy

France, Evry
December 5, 2016 at 20:58 GMT -00:00 · Published

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced that he would put himself forward as presidential candidate for the Socialists Party's (PS) in France's 2017 presidential elections, in the Parisian suburb of Evry, Monday.

"I want us to lead the left to victory. Give me that strength! Mobilise yourself! Come many in January 2017 to choose the fate of the country," Valls said, referring to the Socialist Party's presidential primaries.

The prime minister announced that he would step down from his current role on Tuesday, prompting a government restructuring less than five months before the first round of the presidential elections.

Last week, French President Francois Hollande announced that he would not run for a second term in office. The French presidential elections are due to take place on 23 April 2017.

France: Valls steps down as PM to chase Socialist presidential candidacy01:27
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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced that he would put himself forward as presidential candidate for the Socialists Party's (PS) in France's 2017 presidential elections, in the Parisian suburb of Evry, Monday.

"I want us to lead the left to victory. Give me that strength! Mobilise yourself! Come many in January 2017 to choose the fate of the country," Valls said, referring to the Socialist Party's presidential primaries.

The prime minister announced that he would step down from his current role on Tuesday, prompting a government restructuring less than five months before the first round of the presidential elections.

Last week, French President Francois Hollande announced that he would not run for a second term in office. The French presidential elections are due to take place on 23 April 2017.

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