Cazeneuve named as new French Prime Minister

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Posted: Dec 06, 2016 3:28 AM

PARIS (Reuters) - Bernard Cazeneuve, currently French interior minister, will replace Manuel Valls as the country's new prime minister, President Francois Hollande's office said on Tuesday.

"He's a strong personality, with experience of state affairs," said a source in the president's entourage, commenting on Cazeneuve's appointment.

Valls is stepping down in order to seek the Socialist Party's nomination to be its presidential candidate in the 2017 election.

(Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey; Writing by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Andrew Callus)