Manuel Valls has been named prime minister after the Socialists lost out in local elections, while the Front National made gains.
Former French PM Manuel Valls has promised to avoid deep public spending cuts, in a pitch to voters ahead of France's presidential election. Valls faces six other candidates for the Socialist Party nomination.
Manuel Valls, France's former Socialist premier, says he wants to stand for incoming President Emmanuel Macron's fledgling movement in June's elections. Macron is seeking a parliamentary majority to underpin his agenda.
The French premier has declared his candidacy for the 2017 presidential election. As a result, he will step down from his current role.
French Socialists have chosen Benoit Hamon and Manuel Valls to compete in the party's runoff at the end of January. After five years under a beleaguered Francois Hollande, the chances of a Socialist president look slim.
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