Bernard Cazeneuve named as new French Prime Minister

Cazeneuve will replace Manuel Valls President Francois Hollande's office said on Tuesday.

This file photo taken on 01 August 2016 shows Bernard Cazeneuve. Picture: AFP

PARIS - Bernard Cazeneuve, currently French Interior Minister, will replace Manuel Valls as the country's new prime minister, President Francois Hollande's office said on Tuesday.

"He's a strong personality, with experience of state affairs," said a source in the president's entourage, commenting on Cazeneuve's appointment.

Valls is stepping down in order to seek the Socialist Party's nomination to be its presidential candidate in the 2017 election.

Hollande recently announced he would be the first leader since France's Fifth Republic was created in 1958 not to seek a second mandate.