French PM Valls resigns to join presidential election race

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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, 54, has announced his resignation in order to stand in primary elections to choose his Socialist Party's candidate for next spring's presidential elections, following President François Hollande's decision last week not to stand.

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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Monday entered the race to be the socialist candidate for next year's presidential election and said he was quitting the government to focus on campaigning, reports Reuters.