France has a new Prime Minister

OLIVIER HOSLET

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve gives a press briefing following a special EU Council meeting on security, in Brussels, Belgium, 24 March 2016. The EU Interior Ministers meeting's main topic were the Brussels terrorist attacks in which at least 31 people were killed and hundreds injured on 22 March 2016 and for which the so-called 'Islamic State' (IS) has claimed responsibility.

France has a new Prime Minister


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Bernard Cazeneuve has been appointed the new French Prime Minister.

The Interior Minister succeeded Manual Valls on Tuesday, who resigned to submit his Presidential candidacy.

That is the second time Cazeneuve replaces Valls. In 2014, when Valls was appointed Prime Minister, Cazeneuve replaced him as Minister of Interior. He gained eminence and some degree of popularity, holding the antiterrorism portfolio amidst the worst security crisis in Europe.

Cazeneuve will lead the Socialist administration until the Presidential elections of May 2017.

Meanwhile, the Socialist Party braces for a  two-round primary with no less than seven candidates that will take place between January 22 and 29.

epa05662654 Newly appointed French prime minister Minister Bernard Cazeneuve (R) greets newly appointed interior minister Minister Bruno Le Roux (L) during the traditional handover ceremony at Hotel Beauvau in Paris, France, 06 December 2016. Bruno Le Roux was named the new Interior Minister on 06 December 2016, to succeed Bernard Cazeneuve who was named new Prime Minister to replace Manuel Valls who decided to run in the Socialist Party's primaries for French presidential elections on 23 April and 07 May 2017.  EPA/YOAN VALAT

Newly appointed French prime minister Minister Bernard Cazeneuve (R) greets newly appointed interior minister Minister Bruno Le Roux (L) during the traditional handover ceremony at Hotel Beauvau in Paris, France, 06 December 2016. Bruno Le Roux was named the new Interior Minister on 06 December 2016, to succeed Bernard Cazeneuve who was named new Prime Minister to replace Manuel Valls who decided to run in the Socialist Party’s primaries for French presidential elections on 23 April and 07 May 2017. EPA/YOAN VALAT

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