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French PM quits to enter presidential race

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls greets supporters after announcing his bid to become the Socialist presidential candidate in the 2017 presidential elections, at the town hall of EvryFrench 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. Health Minister Marisol Touraine and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve are among those tipped to succeed him as premier for the six months until the next legislative elections. In a combative speech, 54-year-old Valls vowed to take the fight to the conservative opposition and the far-right National Front, who are both leading the Socialists in election polls.

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