Bernard Cazeneuve named new French PM, as Valls resigns

Dec 7, 2016 12:48 IST

The interior minister of the French Government, Bernard Cazeneuve has been named as the new Prime Minister of the nation, succeeding Manuel Valls.

Cazeneuve’s role has been especially significant for the French government, as he oversaw all the operations of the French security forces following the Paris and Nice terror attacks. He will take charge of the Socialist government until the parliamentary elections, which are scheduled to be held in June 2017.

With just five months remaining until the final vote, Cazeneuve is not expected to make many changes in the government.

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About Bernard Cazeneuve

  • He started his career as a legal adviser in the Groupe Banque Populaire.
  • He first rose to popularity when he was elected as a deputy of the National Assembly representing Manche in 1997 and then as a Mayor of Cherbourg in 2001.
  • His first government position came when he was appointed as the spokesman of the Socialist government in 2012.
  • A Hollande loyalist, Cazeneuve was appointed as the Minister of State for Budget after Jerome Cahuzac was forced to resign following a tax fraud scandal.
  • In 2014, he was made the interior minister, a post similar to that of the Home Minister.
  • His sober and composed way of tackling the terror situation was deeply appreciated by the French public during these last two years.

Bruno Le Roux, leader of the Socialists in the National Assembly, has been named as the successor of Cazeneuve as the Interior Minister of France. It will be Roux’s first appointment in a government post.

Former Prime Minister Valls exited the office to compete in the French presidential race. If he succeeds in winning the presidential primary in January 2017 then, he would be pitted against Francois Fillon and Marine Le Pen in the first leg of the competition in April next year.

Valls’ announcement came after current French President Francois Hollande declined the offer of seeking a second term in office. This is the first time in French history that a president has refused to seek a second term.

The Presidential elections will be held in two rounds spanning over the months of April and May followed by legislative elections in June.


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