Manuel Valls makes French presidential bid, steps down as premier

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is congratulated by his mother Luisangela Galfetti after announcing his candidacy for the Socialist primary next month in Evry, outside Paris, Monday Dec. 5, 2016. Valls hopes to unite the Socialists under his banner and give the left a chance to stay at the Elysee, in the most ambitious challenge of his political life after president Francois Hollande decided not to run for re-election next year. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

PARIS (AP) – French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has announced his candidacy for next year’s presidential election.

Valls will face other contenders in the Socialist primary next month.

“I want to give everything for France,” the 54-year-old said in a speech Monday evening in the Paris suburb of Evry.

He said he will quit his job on Tuesday in order to focus on his presidential bid.

Valls’ announcement comes a few days after unpopular president Francois Hollande said he will not run again, in the hope of giving the Socialist party a chance to win in the April-May presidential election with a different candidate.


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