Paris [France], Dec. 6 : French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was appointed as the nation's Prime Minister on Tuesday after incumbent Manuel Valls stepped down from the role to launch a presidential bid.
Valls, 54, announced Monday he would put himself in the running to become the Socialist Party candidate for next year's presidential poll and will have to go through primary elections to win the party nomination, reports the CNN.
Cazeneuve, 53, is a trained lawyer, but has had a long political career. In 1991, he became a councilor in the Cabinet of Thierry de Beauce, then the secretary of state for international cultural relations, according to his biography on the Interior Ministry website.
He was elected a member of parliament in 1997 and has since served as minister of state for European affairs and minister of state for the budget, before being appointed interior minister.