Jean-Yves Le Drian, in a statement to West France released on Tuesday, his support to former Prime minister Manuel Valls, a candidate in the primary from the left in view of the presidential election in 2017.
“After the courageous choice of the head of State, Manuel Valls has taken its responsibilities in deciding to bring a vision of France that will extend and reinforce the action undertaken throughout the quinquennium by François Hollande,” says the Defense minister.
“at A time when our country is facing major challenges in the areas of security, economic, environmental and social, Manuel Valls embodies the courage and the will necessary to carry the voice of France and to defend the values of the left”, he adds.
at the time of the nominations to left multiply, Jean-Yves Le Drian believes that Manuel Valls “will bring together our family policy around social progress, our common base.
Close to François Hollande, Jean-Yves Le Drian had estimated in early November that Manuel Valls would be the best placed to be the candidate of the socialist Party in the presidential election of 2017 “if by chance” the head of State was opting to run for a second term.
François Hollande announced on December 1st that he declined to run for a second term, opening the way to a nomination of Manuel Valls, who is committed to defend the balance of the head of State in the framework of the campaign.
The ex-Prime minister, who received Monday the support of the minister of Education Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, can, according to his entourage, also count on Jean-Jacques Urvoas (Justice), Jean-Marie Le Guen (la Francophonie), Patrick Kanner (Sports), Harlem Desire (european Affairs) or Laurence Rossignol (Rights of women). (Marine Pennetier, edited by Yves Clarisse)