Cazeneuve re­places Valls as new French prime min­is­ter

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

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.

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