Keyword: Manuel Valls

France warns Germany not to push Europe too far on austerity

Premier Manuel Valls said Berlin and Brussels had to be 'careful' about how they spoke to France and that Europe project was 'at risk'.

‘France is pro-business’ French PM tells London

Giving a speech in the heart of the City, prime minister Manuel Valls urged British businesses to invest in France.

Protesters take to streets over French government's ‘familyphobia’

Demonstrators want guarantee that surrogacy and medically-assisted reproduction for lesbian couples will never be allowed in France.

John Lewis apologises for France is ‘finished’ comments

Managing director Andy Street says he 'went too far' and regretted saying 'nothing works and worse, nobody cares about it' in France.

Franco-German economic motor stalled until Paris reforms say experts

German observers say Berlin is now expecting Paris to back up its rhetoric with genuine reforms to the French economy.

French PM demands Air France pilots end their strike

The strike, which began Monday and could last up to a week, has grounded more than a half of flights and cost the airline millions of euros.

French prime minister wins vote of confidence

Manuel Valls won parliament's vote of confidence in his new reshuffled government by a majority of 25, with 269 votes for and 244 against.

Is former trade minister France’s most despised man?

Thomas Thévenoud, sacked for not declaring earnings for three years, is under pressure from all directions to stand down as MP.

IMF's Lagarde urges France to speed up structural reforms

Former French finance minister says Paris cannot use low inflation as a 'screen' to postpone the 'necessary efforts on public spending'.

Far-right 'at gates of power' warns French PM Manuel Valls

Prime minister said socialists had to 'act differently... speak differently' to counter threat from far right or face the 'terrible price of failure'.

New French junior minister resigns after 'not declaring taxes'

Overseas trade minister Thomas Thévenoud forced to step down after less that a fortnight for reportedly not filling in tax declarations.

French PM Valls wears velvet glove in plea for socialist unity

La Rochelle,dimanche. © Yannick Sanchez La Rochelle,dimanche. © Yannick Sanchez

Amid deepening divisions over government economic policy, France’s ruling Socialist Party held its annual end-of-summer conference this weekend at the port of La Rochelle, in south-west France, culminating with a much awaited speech by prime Minister Manuel Valls. The long-planned venue coincided with the government reshuffle earlier this week which saw the exit from the cabinet of party left-wingers, and notably the arrival of a former banker, Emmanuel Macron, as economy minister in replacement of the outspoken anti-austerity leftist Arnaud Montebourg. Valls, who earlier this week told a conference of the French employers’ federation of his “love” of business, was promised a fiery reception from the rebel Left of his party at his Sunday appearance. From a tense conference hall in La Rochelle, Stéphane Alliès reports on the address by Valls, who defiantly told a small group of journalists afterwards: “A speech will not be sufficient [...] but I’m continuing, I’m not giving up on anything.”

Jeers as French PM arrives at socialist conference camp

Manuel Valls was met by a booing crowd when he arrived in La Rochelle for his party's annual national meeting of militants and officials.

The new French government

The composition of a new French government was announced Tuesday evening, one day after Prime Minister Manuel Valls presented the collective resignation of his first government following deep divisions over economic policy. Valls’s new government is the third to be formed under the presidency of François Hollande - and also in the space of barely five months. Purged of the outspoken anti-austerity left-wing of the Socialist Party, it notably sees Emmanuel Macron, 36, a former banker, civil servant and deputy chief-of-staff to President François Hollande appointed as economy and industry minister, replacing Arnaud Montebourg whose fierce public attacks against government policies this weekend sparked the crisis. The 16-member cabinet, composed of equal numbers of men and women, is largely a minor reshuffle, with no changes among the powerful  ministries of foreign affairs, ecology, finance, defence and the interior. Outgoing justice minister Christiane Taubira, who was rumoured to be among the leftists to refuse further participation in government, has been re-appointed to her post, while outgoing anti-austerity education minister and ally of Montebourg's, Benoît Hamon, has been replaced by former women's rights and sport minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem. Green party members refused to take part in the cabinet, mostly made up of Socialist Party ministers but which continues to include allies from the Radical Party of the Left. Mediapart presents the makeup of the new government.

Why Hollande's ruling majority has dissolved into an imposing minority


French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Monday handed President François Hollande the resignation of his entire government following fierce public criticism of its austerity policies made this weekend by economy minister Arnaud Montebourg and education minister Benoît Hamon. The exit from government of Montebourg and Hamon was joined by culture minister Aurélie Filippetti, who announced on Monday her own opposition to continuing austerity measures. Hollande has asked Valls to appoint a new government, to be announced on Tuesday, that is "consistent with the direction" set by the president. In this analysis of a unique set of events since the founding of France’s Fifth Republic constitution in 1958, Mediapart political affairs correspondent Hubert Huertas argues that Hollande has turned a ruling majority into such an imposing minority that a return to the urns is demanded.