PARIS Dec 5 French Prime Minister Manuel Valls
is to announce later on Monday that he will run for president in
next year's election, Agence France Presse and French television
Valls' office issued a statement that he would make a
declaration at 1730 GMT, but it gave no further details.
Valls' expected announcement follows a primary ballot in
which Francois Fillon, a 62-year-old former prime minister,
secured a resounding win to become the presidential candidate of
the centre-right Les Republicains party.
France's presidential election takes place in two rounds
next April and May.
The ruling Socialists, now behind Les Republicains and the
far-right National Front parties in opinion polls, are
organising a primary in January to pick their candidate.
(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)