PARIS, March 13 Former French Prime Minister
Manuel Valls will call on voters to back centrist candidate
Emmanuel Macron in the first round of the April-May presidential
election, Le Parisien newspaper reported on Monday, citing
sources close to Valls.
Valls throwing his support behind Macron is a blow to ruling
Socialist Party candidate Benoit Hamon who defeated Valls in a
"Manuel Valls will soon call on voters to support his former
rival Emmanuel Macron, and this, from as early as the first
round of the election," Le Parisien said citing a source who was
in Valls' primary campaign.
Neither Valls nor Macron's campaign could be reached for
(Reporting by Bate Felix, editing by G Crosse)