Cazeneuve replaces Valls as new French prime minister
PARIS | The man who served as France’s top cop during a series of bloody terror attacks became the nation’s new prime minister on Tuesday after Manuel Valls stepped down to focus on running for president.
Conceding he is “not a favorite” to win the presidency, Mr. Valls resigned as prime minister a day after announcing he would run to replace the man who appointed him, unpopular Socialist President Francois Hollande.
Mr. Hollande, who announced last week he would not seek a second term, named Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, a close ally, to replace Mr. Valls.
Mr. Cazeneuve, 53, became a popular figure while fighting for measures to tackle extremism in France, including three counterterrorism laws and one intelligence law.