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    Manuel Valls new French prime minister after Socialist local election losses

    euronews (in English)

    by euronews (in English)

    French President François Hollande has chosen centrist Interior Minister Manuel Valls as his new prime minister.

    The 51-year-old has been compared to former British premier Tony Blair both for his pro-business ideas and some would say dashing style.

    He replaces Jean-Marc Ayrault who quit after the ruling Socialists were trounced in local elections.

    Speculation of a cabinet reshuffle mounted after Ayrault acknowledged he and his ministers bore part of the blame for Sunday’s defeat, which saw 155 towns swing to the centre-right UMP and the far-right Front National claim 11.