Manuel Valls

Manuel Valls, France's ambitious former PM with sights set on Elysee

Ambitious is one of the words most frequently deployed to describe Manuel Valls.

France's Manuel Valls to step down as PM to pursue presidency

France's Manual Valls said Monday that he was stepping down as prime minister of the country's Socialist government and was launching a campaign to win the presidency in next year's elections.

Top French leaders fighting for Elysee not an option, says spokesman

A presidential primary contest between the top two sitting French leaders is impossible to imagine, said the French government spokesman Monday as the president and the prime minister mull bids in...

French premier warns of "maximum" terror threat

The threat of a terrorist attack in France is at its highest level following a foiled car-bomb plot by three radicalized Islamist women, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told Europe1 radio on...

France calls for recount of Gabon presidential election results

There are enough questions about the outcome of last week's Gabonese elections

French prime minister defends burkini bans, but eyes no national law

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said in an interview published Wednesday that he understood the decisions by local mayors to ban Islam-influenced full-body swimming attire at the beach, but...

French premier proposes ban on mosque financing from foreign sources

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is calling for a ban on foreign funding for mosque construction in France, days after two suspected Islamist extremists killed an 86-year-old priest in an attack...

French prime minister invokes article to force through labour bill

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls invoked a constitutional article Wednesday in the lower house of parliament to force through a controversial set of labour reforms for a third time, likely...

French government to bypass labour bill vote, prompting walk-out

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announces the government will invoke a constitutional article allowing it to push through a controversial labour bill without a vote, prompting conservative...

France very interested in investing in Croatia, says Croatian PM

Oreskovic said there was mutual interest in investments and that Croatia's HS Produkt company mights sell France 90,000 rifles for the army and the police. "That's a EUR 300 million investment...

French ministers assess fuel supply as premier vows to defend reform

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls vowed there would be no withdrawal of controversial labour reforms in an interview published Saturday just hours before meeting representatives of the petroleum...

French prime minister: No withdrawal of labour reform legislation

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls vowed there would be no withdrawal of controversial labour reforms in an interview published Saturday just hours before he began meeting representatives of the...

France reacts to Austrian far-right defeat with praise, condolences

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls welcomes victory for left-leaning Alexander Van der Bellen in Austria's presidential elections, while National Front brushes aside defeat of Norbert Hofer to...

French government survives no-confidence vote in labour reform battle

A no-confidence vote against the French government in parliament's lower house failed to find a majority Thursday, leaving the way open for disputed labour market reforms.

French government faces no-confidence motion in labour reform battle

The French government faces a motion of no-confidence in parliament's lower house on Thursday, in a battle over disputed labour market reforms which have unleashed fierce protest from unions and...