French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (L) attends a session of questions to the government, on Nov. 30, 2016 at the National Assembly in Paris. / AFP / JACQUES DEMARTHON
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The focus of France's presidential election swung on to Prime Minister Manuel Valls Friday as the possible standard bearer of the ruling Socialists following Francois Hollande's shock announcement that he would not seek a second term.A snap opinion poll, conducted Thursday night after Hollande stunned France with his announcement, showed that Socialist voters and French voters as a whole wanted to see Valls win the party ticket to run for president next spring.Among Socialist party respondents, the score was 57 percent for Valls versus 15 percent for Montebourg.Montebourg faced off against Valls in a similar primary that Hollande won in 2011 before going on to beat Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2012 presidential election.
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