Wednesday, 29 March 2017

France election: Ex-PM Valls backs Macron for president

France's ex-Prime Minister Manuel Valls has thrown his weight behind the centrist candidate for the presidency, Emmanuel Macron, and not his own Socialist party's candidate.

"It's a question of reason," he said on French TV.

His decision prompted immediate thanks from Mr Macron, who is neck-and-neck for the first round of the election with far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

Mr Valls was himself defeated in the race for the Socialist candidacy.

But instead of backing the man who won, Benoît Hamon, the former prime minister announced on Wednesday that backing Mr Macron was the responsible position to take, because of the risk of giving the presidency to the right or far right.

"I don't think you take risks for the Republic. So I will vote for Emmanuel Macron," he said.

"France's best interests go beyond the rules of a primary."

BBC    News.