Interior Minister Manuel Valls, 26 Mar 14
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French President Hollande names Valls as new PM

President Francois Hollande has named Interior Minister Manuel Valls as France's next prime minister.

Mr Valls, 51, has replaced PM Jean-Marc Ayrault, whose office confirmed his resignation on Monday.

Mr Hollande's ruling Socialists were badly bruised in recent local elections which saw big gains for conservatives and the far-right National Front.

Christian Fraser reports from Paris.

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