Manuel Valls - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Manuel Valls Still no place for Benzema in France squad for friendlies PARIS (AP) — France coach Didier Deschamps gave a vague explanation as to why he again left out Karim Benzema from his squad on Thursday, the day after the Real Madrid striker demanded answers. "I would like to remind you, if needed, that I am the only person who decides, and I make decisions within a sporting framework. I am here to choose players to build a squad, because ... Thu, 18 May 2017 13:20:00 GMT 2017-05-18T13:20:00Z Benzema reveals connection with French president Macron PARIS (AP) — Can Emmanuel Macron save Karim Benzema? Banned from the national team since November 2015 because of his suspected involvement in a corruption scandal, the Real Madrid striker may have found an unexpected supporter in the new French president. Benzema told L'Equipe newspaper on Wednesday that he met Macron before he started... Wed, 17 May 2017 08:32:00 GMT 2017-05-17T08:32:00Z Not just a new president, new faces for France's parliament PARIS (AP) — A female fighter pilot, a farmer, a teacher, people out of work. They all applied for the job — and got it, among more than 19,000 people hoping to become candidates in June elections for the French parliament under the banner of President-elect Emmanuel Macron. Renewing a political landscape long bogged down with out-of-touch parties and lon... Fri, 12 May 2017 00:16:00 GMT 2017-05-12T00:16:00Z The Latest: Macron rejects former PM Valls as candidate PARIS (AP) — The Latest on French presidential transition (all times local): 4:50 p.m. Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has been rejected by President-elect Emmanuel Macron's movement as it tries to reshape politics. It's a tough blow for the once-popular Valls, who cracked down on security as France was hit ... Thu, 11 May 2017 14:55:00 GMT 2017-05-11T14:55:00Z Rising political star deals fresh blow to French far-right PARIS (AP) — The party of failed French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen suffered a new jolt on Wednesday as her niece, the country's youngest lawmaker and an icon of the far right, announced she plans to leave politics. The decision by Marion Marechal-Le Pen, who represents the National Front's conservative flank and core values, kicks another block ... Wed, 10 May 2017 20:48:00 GMT 2017-05-10T20:48:00Z The Latest: Niece of France's Le Pen quits politics for now PARIS (AP) — The Latest on political fallout from France's presidential election and the country's upcoming parliamentary election: (all times local): 8:50 p.m. The niece of defeated far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has announced she's leaving political life, at least temporarily, citing "personal and political reasons." ... Tue, 09 May 2017 19:29:00 GMT 2017-05-09T19:29:00Z French ex-PM Valls wants to join Macron's movement PARIS (AP) — Manuel Valls, the former French prime minister, said Tuesday he wants to turn his back on the Socialists and run under President-elect Emmanuel Macron's new political movement. It's not clear, however, if he will be able to do so. All 577 seats in France's lower chamber are up for grabs in the country's two-part June 11 and June 18 parliament... Tue, 09 May 2017 12:24:00 GMT 2017-05-09T12:24:00Z French election: Turning points in roller-coaster race PARIS (AP) — France's presidential election reaches its climax Sunday with the winner-takes-all runoff vote between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. The intense, suspenseful and surprising campaign saw prime ministers and presidents losing out in early voting and two outsiders capturing the public's support. Here is a timeline of the election: Nov. 20, ... Sat, 06 May 2017 13:05:00 GMT 2017-05-06T13:05:00Z French election: Turning points PARIS (AP) — France's presidential election reaches its climax Sunday with the winner-takes-all runoff vote between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. The intense, suspenseful and surprising campaign saw prime ministers and presidents losing out and two outsiders capture the public's support. Nov. 20, 2016 — Former President Nicolas Sarkozy fails in bid t... Fri, 05 May 2017 14:52:00 GMT 2017-05-05T14:52:00Z The Latest: Israeli president denounces Le Pen's comments PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French presidential election (all times local): 8:55 p.m. Israel's president is denouncing French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's recent comments denying France's role in the Holocaust as "uniquely disturbing." Speaking Monday on Israel's Holocaust memorial day, Presiden... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:59:00 GMT 2017-04-24T18:59:00Z French vote for Macron, Le Pen shuts out mainstream politics PARIS (AP) — French voters shut out the country's political mainstream from the presidency for the first time in the country's modern history, and on Monday found themselves being courted across the spectrum for the runoff election. The May 7 runoff will be between the populist Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, and French politicians on the mode... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:50:00 GMT 2017-04-24T07:50:00Z French candidate Macron wins new supporter: former PM Valls PARIS (AP) — French centrist presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron has won the backing of former Prime Minister Manuel Valls, a high-profile yet embarrassing supporter for the independent candidate who tries to distance himself from the traditional political parties. Valls said on BFM television Wednesday he will vote for Macron in the two-round presidenti... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:33:00 GMT 2017-03-29T13:33:00Z The French election: As twisty as an Alpine road PARIS (AP) — French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has denied online chatter that he was having a secret gay affair. His head-on, humorous tackling of the gossip was the latest turn in a presidential race proving as twisty as a Tour de France road. And that's with polling day still more than two months away. Here is a quick reca... Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:47:00 GMT 2017-02-08T16:47:00Z Hard work starts now for France's Socialist candidate PARIS (AP) — Beating a politically weakened ex-prime minister proved easy for Benoit Hamon, who will represent France's ruling Socialist Party in the country's presidential election. Far harder will be convincing voters that his hard-left platform isn't the recipe for ruin his critics claim. Hamon's comfortable victory Sunday in a Socialist primary runoff... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 22:39:00 GMT 2017-01-29T22:39:00Z France's 5 main contenders in the presidential race PARIS (AP) — A look at the five main candidates competing in France's April-May presidential election, whose outcome remains highly uncertain. FRANCOIS FILLON, 62 Fillon won the conservative nomination in November. He's campaigning on promises of drastic free-market reforms, a hard line on immigration and Islam, supp... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 21:50:00 GMT 2017-01-29T21:50:00Z French left-wing presidential primary: Hamon vs. Valls PARIS (AP) — A look at the two candidates competing in Sunday's runoff of France's left-wing presidential primary: BENOIT HAMON, 49 Resume: Former education minister, former Socialist Party spokesman who rebelled against President Francois Hollande's shift toward more business-friendly policies in 2014. ... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 07:26:00 GMT 2017-01-29T07:26:00Z France's hard left faces off against center left in primary PARIS (AP) — Hard-left Socialist rebel Benoit Hamon heads into France's left-wing presidential primary runoff as a surprising favorite to beat pro-business pragmatist Manuel Valls, in a vote that will realign France's unpredictable presidential campaign. Hamon is the favorite in Sunday's vote after arriving in pole position in the first round with 36 perc... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:02:00 GMT 2017-01-28T11:02:00Z Socialist utopia a hard sell as France swings right TRAPPES, France (AP) — At the "Friz-Lys" styling salon, Jocelyne Gisquet is luxuriating in the freedom of answering emails with a laptop balanced on her knees while having her hair curled. Working where she wants, when she wants, are among the pay-offs of the 45-year-old's bold step last year to quit a stable job as a marketing director at one of France's largest multination... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 11:46:00 GMT 2017-01-26T11:46:00Z French prosecutor probes job once held by candidate's wife PARIS (AP) — French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon's campaign hit its first major hurdle Wednesday, when financial prosecutors opened a preliminary investigation following claims that his wife was paid about 500,000 euros ($537,000) with parliamentary funds while holding a fake job. France's financial prosecutor launched its probe into suspected emb... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 22:47:00 GMT 2017-01-25T22:47:00Z France presidential hopeful Macron gains support PARIS (AP) — The real winner of France's left-wing presidential primary may be a man who demonstrably shunned it: Emmanuel Macron. The 39-year-old former investment banker and ex-economy minister with pro-free market, pro-European views has chosen not to take part in the Socialist primary. Instead, in recent days he has been drawing attention away from the campaign by travel... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 11:29:00 GMT 2017-01-25T11:29:00Z French presidential hopeful Valls suggests tax on US imports PARIS (AP) — France's presidential hopeful Manuel Valls, who seeks the Socialist nomination, has pledged to tax U.S. imports if President Donald Trump pulls his country out of the global climate deal reached in Paris in 2015. Valls proposed a carbon tax on American goods while speaking Monday on RTL radio. He said: "When Donald Trump declares some kind of... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:05:00 GMT 2017-01-23T12:05:00Z Partial results: Valls, Hamon advance in French primary PARIS (AP) — Manuel Valls, a center-leaning former prime minister who rallied France together after extremist attacks, will confront stalwart Socialist Benoit Hamon in the country's left-wing presidential primary runoff next week. Hamon, a former government minister, was leading Sunday with 36.12 percent followed by Valls with 31.24 percent, based on abou... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 21:07:00 GMT 2017-01-22T21:07:00Z Who's likely to lead France's left in the presidential race PARIS (AP) — A quick look at the two candidates advancing to the Jan. 29 runoff of France's Socialist Party presidential primary, and how it works: BENOIT HAMON, 49 Resume: Former French junior minister, briefly education minister, former Socialist Party spokesman rebelled, with Montebourg, against Hollande's policie... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:41:00 GMT 2017-01-22T20:41:00Z Glance at Socialist Party primary candidates PARIS (AP) — A quick look at three main candidates and method of Sunday's vote for France's Socialist Party presidential candidate: MANUEL VALLS, 54 Resume: French interior minister from 2012-2014; French prime minister to December 2016. Handled the aftermath of terror attacks that killed 130 people in Paris in Novem... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:14:00 GMT 2017-01-22T15:14:00Z France's ex-PM Valls fights for spot in presidential primary PARIS (AP) — As France's prime minister when terrorists killed 130 people in Paris in 2015, Manuel Valls was on the front line of the government's response, calling the attack an act of war and successfully lobbying parliament for emergency powers. Just 14 months later, having stepped down in December from President Francois Hollande's government, Valls' ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:04:00 GMT 2017-01-21T16:04:00Z French candidate Valls lightly slapped during campaign stop PARIS (AP) — Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has been seen getting lightly slapped on the chin by a young man during a presidential campaign stop in the western region of Brittany. A video posted on the website of local newspaper Le Telegramme Tuesday showed Valls emerging from a building to applause from a small group of people in the city of Lamballe. ... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:41:00 GMT 2017-01-17T17:41:00Z Amnesty: Europe's anti-terror powers pose rights dangers PARIS (AP) — The French jihadi left prison to serve out his parole, landing a part-time job as required. Then came the deadly Nov. 13, 2015, attacks in Paris. Sofiyan Ifren was placed under house arrest, where he has stayed ever since. Stuck at home, he cannot serve out the terms of his parole. France's top constitutional court on Monday was given three m... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:53:00 GMT 2017-01-17T13:53:00Z French left-wing candidates take risky stance: pro-Europe PARIS (AP) — Two men hoping to clinch the left-wing nomination for France's presidential race are pursuing a risky strategy: They want to save the much-maligned European Union. Manuel Valls and Vincent Peillon laid out their platforms Tuesday, pleading for unity and tolerance in the face of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen's anti-immigration, anti-EU campaign. ... Tue, 03 Jan 2017 13:10:00 GMT 2017-01-03T13:10:00Z It's a crowded starting line for France's Socialist primary PARIS (AP) — France's once-powerful left wing is fighting for its political survival as it prepares for a cacophonous primary for the Socialist presidential candidate. Former Prime Minister Manuel Valls leads the pack but is facing tough challengers who say he's betrayed leftist ideals. Here's a look at the left-wing contenders, their rivals, and the issues. ... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 12:53:00 GMT 2016-12-17T12:53:00Z 9 candidates bidding for Socialist primary in France PARIS (AP) — Nine competitors are bidding to be the Socialist Party's candidate in next year's French presidential election. Among those who declared their candidacy by Thursday's deadline are former Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who is regarded as the front-runner to represent the Socialist party and its allies. Valls resigned as prime ... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 11:46:00 GMT 2016-12-16T11:46:00Z