April 11, 2014
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Five things to know about Manuel Valls (Ben Hall, 3/31/14, Financial Times)
Posted by Orrin Judd at April 11, 2014 5:04 AMMr Valls, 51, is about as rightwing as you can be in France's Socialist party. He is about as close as you can get in France to Britain's New Labour, which is regarded by the French left as a toxic brand. He was fond of Blairite mantras. "We must change or die," he argued in 2009, when the Socialist party was foundering under the leadership of leftwinger Martine Aubry. He even suggested ditching "Socialist" from the party name. At one point he was threatened with expulsion from the party for speaking out.