France gets new PM following election losses

The Socialist party suffered heavy losses in municipal elections on Sunday, prompting the appointment of Manuel Valls.

    France gets new PM following election losses
    President Francois Hollande says new PM Manuel Valls will lead a 'combative government' [EPA]

    President Francois Hollande has appointed a new prime minister, a day after his Socialist party suffered heavy losses in nationwide municipal elections.

    In a pre-recorded televised speech, broadcast on Monday, Hollande announced that 51-year-old Socialist Manuel Valls would replace Jean-Marc Ayrault as prime minister.

    Hollande said Valls, the country's former interior minister, would lead a "combative government" and that it was time to "start a new stage.''

    "In the elections, you expressed your unhappiness and your disappointment. I have heard your message, it is clear," he said.

    The Socialists lost control of more than 150 towns to the right or far-right, including Marine Le Pen's National Front.

    The Socialist party retained control of Paris, with its candidate Anne Hidalgo becoming the French capital's first female mayor. 

    SOURCE: Agencies


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