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Former PM Valls endorses Macron for French presidency

Mar 29, 2017 - 3:29 PM

UPDATED Valls: I think you should not take any risks for the Republic So I will vote for Emmanuel Macron

BACKING MACRON. In this file photo, Manuel Valls speaks on January 22, 2017 at the Latin American House in Paris. Eric Feferberg/AFP

French Socialists nominate leftwinger Hamon for president

Jan 30, 2017 - 7:17 AM

Benoit Hamon s triumph is another upset in the French poll race with the former education minister and son of a dockworker viewed as an outsider only 3 weeks ago

Benoit Hamon (R) smiles next to Manuel Valls (L) as French Socialist Party (PS) leader Jean-Christophe Cambadelis (C) holds their hands following the announcement of the results of the second round of the left primaries ahead of France's 2017 presidential elections, at the Solferino Party Socialist's headquarters in Paris on January 29, 2017. Eric Feferberg/AFP

Ex-PM Valls fights outsider for French presidential nod

Jan 24, 2017 - 8:42 AM

Whoever wins the nomination faces long odds in the presidential race

Former prime minister and candidate for the left-wing primaries, Manuel Valls speaks following the first round of the left-wing primary for the 2017 French presidential election, on January 22, 2017 at the Latin American House in Paris. Eric Feferberg/AFP

Outsider, ex-PM to vie for French leftwing presidential nod

Jan 23, 2017 - 7:42 AM

Outsider Benoit Hamon will fight former prime minister Manuel Valls for the French Socialist presidential nomination after they progressed through the first round of the primary

FRONTRUNNERS. This combination of pictures created on January 22, 2017 shows former minister Benoit Hamon (L) and former Prime Minister Manuel Valls during photo sessions in Paris. Joel Saget/AFP

French Socialists seek relevance in Socialist primary

Jan 22, 2017 - 11:52 AM

Candidates including former prime minister Manuel Valls fighting for relevance as the country veers to the right

Candidates for the French left's presidential primaries ahead of the 2017 presidential election (from L) Francois de Rugy, Manuel Valls, Arnaud Montebourg, Sylvia Pinel, Benoit Hamon, Vincent Peillon and Jean-Luc Bennahmias take part in a final televised debate in Saint-Cloud on January 19, 2017. Eric Feferberg/Pool/AFP

Cazeneuve becomes French PM as Valls aims for president

Dec 06, 2016 - 5:38 PM

UPDATED Cazeneuve will take control of the Socialist government until May s election

NEW PRIME MINISTER. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve addresses the press following a meeting between representatives of the Police Unions and the French president at the Elysee Palace on October 26, 2016. Photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP

French PM Valls joins presidential race

Dec 06, 2016 - 7:46 AM

Manuel Valls says his candidacy is a revolt against the idea that the left has been disqualified

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls gestures after delivering a speech to announce his bid to become the Socialist presidential candidate in the 2017 presidential elections, at the town hall of Evry, south of Paris, on December 5, 2016. Bertrand Guay/AFP

French leftwing field wide open after Hollande bows out

Dec 02, 2016 - 10:25 AM

UPDATED French President Francois Hollande says he would not seek re election next April bowing to historic low approval ratings

French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during the plenary session of the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, on November 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG

French PM says state of emergency likely to be extended

Nov 13, 2016 - 9:05 AM

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says France must protect our democracy because the presidential campaign begins in a few weeks

STATE OF EMERGENCY EXTENSION. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls arrives at the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, on November 11, 2015 for the Armistice Day commemorations marking the end of World War I. File photo by Thibault Camus/AFP

French PM moots temporary ban on foreign-funded mosques

Jul 29, 2016 - 3:30 PM

UPDATED We need to reset and invent a new relationship with Islam in France says Prime Minister Manuel Valls

AFTERMATH. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls arrives at Elysee Palace for a meeting with Francois Hollande and religious representatives in Paris, France, July 27, 2016. According to reports, two hostage takers were killed by the police after they took hostages at a church in Saint Etienne du Douvray on 26 July 2016. File photo by Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

5 detained over Nice attack to face judge

Jul 21, 2016 - 3:48 PM

The government is scrambling to reassure a jittery population after the country s third major attack in 18 months killed 84 people out celebrating Bastille Day

A banner reading 'Solidarite avec Nice' (Solidarity with Nice) is displayed on a bridge, six days after deadly attack of the Bastille day at the Promenade des Anglais in the French riviera city of Nice, during the 184,5 km seventeenth stage of the 103rd edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 20, 2016 between Berne and Finhaut-Emosson. Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

France National Assembly votes to extend state of emergency

Jul 20, 2016 - 9:17 AM

UPDATED It is the fourth time that parliament has proposed prolonging the state of emergency and the move now needs to be approved by the Senate

A picture taken on July 15, 2016 shows the French National Assembly illuminated with the colors of the French National flag in tribute for the victims of the deadly Bastille Day attack in Nice in Paris. Matthieu Alexandre/AFP

French president threatens ban on demos after Paris violence

Jun 15, 2016 - 3:29 PM

UPDATED Earlier a defiant Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the government will stand firm on labor reforms despite the mass protests against them

AFLAME. Bikes burn as police officers clash with demonstrators during a protest against the French government's planned labour law reforms, on June 14, 2016 in Paris. Alain Jocard/AFP

France train chaos as labor unrest spreads

Jun 01, 2016 - 4:11 PM

UPDATED Railway workers go on strike for the 8th time in 3 months and vow to continue until their demands are met

EMPTY. A passenger walks on June 1, 2016 at the Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris, at the start of a strike by employees of French state-owned rail operator SNCF to protest against government labour reforms. Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

France faces strike chaos ahead of Euro 2016

May 31, 2016 - 10:40 AM

Fresh industrial unrest is set to hit transport just days before fans begin arriving for the start of the football championships on June 10

Policemen take part in a mock suicide attack exercise as part of security measures for the upcoming Euro 2016 football championship, at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Decines-Charpieu, near Lyon, central-eastern France, on May 30, 2016. Jeff Pachoud/AFP

France faces fresh strikes as nuclear workers join protest

May 25, 2016 - 3:30 PM

UPDATED With football fans due to flood into France in two weeks for the Euro 2016 championships pressure is piling on the government as the queues at petrol stations lengthen by the day

Riot police prepare to intervene to disperse refinery worker holding a blockade of the oil depot of Douchy-Les-Mines to protest against the government's proposed labour reforms, on May 25, 2016. Francois Lo Presti/AFP

France to extend state of emergency to cover Euro 2016 – PM

Apr 20, 2016 - 3:31 PM

The measure – which gives the state increased security powers – was imposed following the November 13 jihadist attacks

Officers of the RAID (French police task force) listen to French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve's speech in front of different French intervention groups after a meeting with the heads of the French intervention units at the Beauvau Palace in Paris, April 19, 2016. Etienne Laurent/EPA

Posh Parisians revolt over homeless shelter

Mar 19, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Residents oppose the plan to build a homeless shelter in the posh district over fears of its impact on the area s forest security and beauty

A picture taken on March 10, 2016 shows an homeless man sleeping in the streets of Paris.  JOEL SAGET / AFP

Hundreds of thousands protest over French jobs reform

Mar 10, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The youth call the measures absurd but France claims it is trying to help young people the most

epa05202902 Thousands of people demonstrate with a poster reading youth lacking job security - youth mobilization - retreat of the labour law, next to the Place de la Republique to protest against the labor law controversial project of the government in Paris, France, 09 March 2016. Public services, traffic and transport was heavily disturbed on 09 March 2016 as a general strike was called countrywide against a draft of the French government on new labor laws. EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT

France braces for day of protests as labor reform anger grows

Mar 09, 2016 - 12:19 PM

France s government has faced massive blowback – including from within – to measures that would give bosses more flexibility in hiring and firing

LABOR MEETING. (From L) French employer federation MEDEF Vice President Alexandre Saubot, President Pierre Gattaz and General Manager Michel Guilbaud attend a meeting with French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron (R) at the Hotel Matignon in Paris on March 8, 2016. Dominique Faget/AFP

More major attacks in Europe 'a certainty' – French PM

Feb 13, 2016 - 5:36 PM

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says Europe must be conscious that hyper terrorism is here to stay

HYPER-TERRORISM. After a year marked by two attacks, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says hyper-terrorism is now at the heart of societies. Photo by Etienne Laurent/EPA

France looks to enshrine emergency anti-terror laws in constitution

Dec 24, 2015 - 12:10 AM

In the wake of the Paris attacks President Francois Hollande calls for emergency powers to be protected from litigation

French President Francois Hollande (L) and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (R). File photo by Bertrand Langlois/Pool/EPA

Father of Paris attacker 'would have killed son' if he knew of plot

Dec 10, 2015 - 5:03 AM

A third gunman involved in last month s massacre at a Paris concert hall is identified Wednesday December 9 as a Frenchman who had visited Syria

People walk by the Bataclan concert hall, where, on November 13, jihadists armed with AK47s and suicide vests killed 90 people in the bloodiest of a wave of attacks across the French capital, on November 30, 2015 in Paris. Joel Saget/AFP

EU must limit migrant numbers – French PM

Nov 25, 2015 - 2:58 PM

Manuel Valls: Controlling the European Union s external borders is essential to the future of the EU If we don t do that people will say: Enough Europe

In this file photo, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls delivers a speech at the French Interior ministry in Paris before representatives of French muslim organizations. Martin Bureau/AFP

Hollande sets out revenge after Paris attacks

Nov 17, 2015 - 6:22 AM

On the domestic front the French president calls for an extension of the state of emergency by 3 months and announces 8 500 new police and judicial jobs to help counter terrorism

DEFIANCE. French President Francois Hollande arrives for a speech at an exceptional joint gathering of Parliament in Versailles on November 16, 2015, three days after 129 people were killed in the worst terrorist attack in France's history. Michel Euler/ Pool / AFP

Security fears risk overshadowing Paris climate summit

Nov 17, 2015 - 5:59 AM

France s government says it will not give in to terrorism and insists that the long anticipated conference will go ahead tasked with no less than producing a plan to rescue Earth s climate

ONE PLANET. This picture taken on November 8, 2015 shows a man holding a camera during a visit of the French Foreign minister at the installations of the 21st Session of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11) in Le Bourget, near Paris, on November 8, 2015. Alain Jocard/AFP

Raids across Europe as France steels for more attacks

Nov 16, 2015 - 3:56 PM

2nd UPDATE French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says We know that operations were being prepared and are still being prepared not only against France but other European countries too

PARIS ATTACKS AFTERMATH. A man (R), who is looking for his daughter, who had been on the night of the Paris attacks on November 13 at the Bataclan music hall, and has not had news of her since then, speaks with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (2nd R), French Defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (C), SNCF Chairman Guillaume Pepy (L) and French Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve (2nd L) at the Gare du Nord railway station on November 15, 2015. EPA/ERIC FEFERBERG

Europe feels pressure as migrant crisis exposes splits

Aug 31, 2015 - 10:44 PM

The sense of chaos has been reflected across Europe as the continent struggles to respond to the biggest movement of people since World War II

REFUGEE CRISIS. Migrants wait in front of the ticket office of eastern (Keleti) railway station in Budapest, Hungary, on August 31, 2015. Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

Greece faces D-Day after bailout talks halted

Jul 12, 2015 - 8:05 AM

UPDATED Skeptical nations demand more commitments from Athens amid claims Berlin had drawn up an internal paper for Greece to leave the eurozone for 5 years while Finland reportedly decides not to accept any new rescue plan for debt laden Greece

EUROZONE CRISIS. An European Union and Greek flags fly in central Athens on July 4, 2015. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Greek PM vows 'credible' reforms as deadline looms

Jul 09, 2015 - 11:07 AM

As Greece says its banks will stay closed and ATM withdrawals will remain limited until Monday July 13 in a sign of the deepening crisis gripping the country Tsipras also promises his blueprint for a new deal will have substance

PROMISES. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (C, standing) delicers his speech during the plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, July 8, 2015. Patrick Seeger/EPA

Greece given July 12 debt deal deadline

Jul 08, 2015 - 9:19 AM

UPDATED Greece s leftist government must submit detailed reform plans by Thursday July 9 EU President Donald Tusk says after eurozone leaders held an emergency summit with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

DEAL OR NO DEAL? Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras leaves at the end of an Eurozone summit at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, July 7, 2015. Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Europe demands new Greek debt plan at crisis summit

Jul 07, 2015 - 5:40 PM

Alexis Tsipras will face his 18 eurozone counterparts in Brussels as the country s economy gasps for air

A Greek and a European Union flag flutter in front of the Acropolis hill in Athens, Greece,  July 7, 2015. Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

French PM warns of more attacks after man decapitated

Jun 27, 2015 - 3:14 PM

The question is not if there will be another attack but when says Prime Minister Manuel Valls

MORE ATTACKS? Police continue investigations at the scene of a suspected Islamist attack, outside the Air Products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, southern France, June 26, 2015. Photo by Sebastien Nogier/EPA

Hate and extremism 'not Islam,' says French PM

Jun 15, 2015 - 9:13 PM

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls opens a conference aimed at improving ties with France s large Muslim community

IMPROVING TIES. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls delivers a speech at the French Interior ministry in Paris before representatives of French muslim organizations. AFP PHOTO / Martin Bureau

150 dead in Germanwings plane crash in French Alps

Mar 24, 2015 - 7:09 PM

UPDATED The accident s cause remains a mystery but authorities have recovered a black box from the Airbus A320 at the crash site where rescue efforts are hampered by the mountainous terrain

PLANE DOWN. A file photo dated 16 October 2014 of a Germanwings Airbus A320 plane taking off from the Cologne/Bonn Airport in Cologne, Germany. Rolf Vennenbernd/EPA

French leaders slam MPs for meeting with Syria 'butcher' Assad

Feb 26, 2015 - 8:40 PM

The unofficial trip which was feted by the Syrian media sparks an angry response from the French government which cut diplomatic ties with Syria in 2012

China will play key role in Paris climate talks – French PM

Jan 28, 2015 - 1:56 PM

Manuel Valls: By committing to reducing greenhouse gas emissions last November China has already taken the first step

POLLUTED. Parts of plastic mannequins are dumped along with garbage at a dump site near the cooling towers and chimney of a power plant in a rural area of Shanghai City, China, on June 5, 2014. Photo by Wu Hong/ EPA

Netanyahu steps up appeal to French Jews after attacks

Jan 11, 2015 - 7:46 PM

Not for the first time Israel s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu uses an attack by Islamic extremists in France to urge the country s Jews to relocate

File photo of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from EPA/ODED BALITY / POOL Scene

Unease as France reels from series of bloody attacks

Dec 23, 2014 - 7:21 PM

While the motives behind the incidents remain unclear the violence jars nerves after repeated jihadist calls for lone wolf action in France over its fight against Islamic extremism

CRIME SCENE. Policemen collect evidence on December 21, 2014 in Dijon on the site where a driver shouting 'Allahu Akbar' ('God is great') plowed into a crowd injuring 11 people, two seriously, a source close to the investigation said. Arnaud Finistre/AFP

France unveils controversial plan to unblock economy

Dec 10, 2014 - 1:03 PM

UPDATED The measures include opening up traditionally closed professions such as notaries and bailiffs and selling state assets – but it is the proposal to extend Sunday shopping that touches off a firestorm of criticism

A file photo taken on May 6, 2013 shows a man riding a bicycle near the river Seine in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris. Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Far-right at 'gates of power' in France, says PM Valls

Sep 08, 2014 - 8:38 AM

Valls s warning follows weeks of turmoil for the ruling Socialists culminating in an opinion poll showing that FN leader Marine Le Pen would beat President Francois Hollande in presidential elections in 2017

French Prime minister Manuel Valls gives a speech at the Festa dell'Unita, the annual Democratic Party (PD) political meeting in Bologna on September 7, 2014. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

France's spurned ex-first lady attacked for tell-all book

Sep 04, 2014 - 4:53 PM

The surprise memoir is described as outrageous by Prime Minister Manuel Valls and a dishonor for France by right wing leader Marine Le Pen usually a trenchant critic of Hollande

JUICY READ. A woman reads the book of French President former partner Valerie Trierweiler entitled 'Merci pour ce moment' (Thanks you for this moment) some hours after its release on September 4, 2014 in Paris. Patrick Kovaric/AFP

Ex-banker new French economy minister in 'last chance' reshuffle

Aug 27, 2014 - 10:36 AM

In a clear break with the left flank of his ruling Socialists Hollande caught everyone off guard with the appointment of Emmanuel Macron a 36 year old ex Rothschild banker and architect of the president s economic policy

NEW ECONOMY MINISTER. A file picture taken on March 26, 2014 shows Emmanuel Macron after a meeting with the French President, in Paris. Alain Jocard/AFP

France awaits new government after shock resignation

Aug 26, 2014 - 11:56 AM

The shock resignation on Monday August 25 was seen as a bid to restore order after a weekend of sniping from economy minister Arnaud Montebourg

French President Francois Hollande (L) and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (R) arrive at the Fort de Bregancon for a meeting in Bornes-les-Mimosas, France, 15 August 2014. Bertrand Langlois/Pool/EPA

Fresh crisis as France's Hollande orders cabinet shakeup

Aug 25, 2014 - 4:05 PM

UPDATED It is the second reshuffle in just five months as the ruling Socialists struggle to pull France out of the economic doldrums and the government is riven by infighting

French President Francois Hollande (L) and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (R) arrive at the Fort de Bregancon for a meeting in Bornes-les-Mimosas, France, 15 August 2014. Bertrand Langlois/Pool/EPA

Europe suffers eurosceptic hangover after EU vote

May 26, 2014 - 8:28 PM

Analysts say it was clear that voters supported anti euro and anti immigration parties who had tapped into growing voter frustration over unemployment

Hollande axes French PM after election debacle

Apr 01, 2014 - 12:41 AM

French President Francois Hollande decided to axe current Prime Minister Jean Marc Ayrault after his Socialist Party lost more than 150 towns and cities to the main opposition and far right in municipal elections on Sunday

FRENCH PRIME MINISTER Jean-Marc Ayrault. Photo from his public figure page on Facebook