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Manuel Valls
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Valls in 2015.
Councillor in Barcelona
In office
15 June 2019 – 31 August 2021
Prime Minister of France
In office
31 March 2014 – 6 December 2016
President François Hollande
Preceded by Jean-Marc Ayrault
Succeeded by Bernard Cazeneuve
Minister of the Interior
In office
16 May 2012 – 1 April 2014
Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault
Preceded by Claude Guéant
Succeeded by Bernard Cazeneuve
Mayor of Évry
In office
18 March 2001 – 24 May 2012
Preceded by Christian Olivier
Succeeded by Francis Chouat
Member of the National Assembly
for Essonne's 1st constituency
In office
19 June 2002 – 3 October 2018
Preceded by Jacques Guyard
Succeeded by Francis Chouat
Personal details
Manuel Carlos Valls Galfetti

(1962-08-13) 13 August 1962 (age 61)
Barcelona, Spain
Nationality French / Spanish
Political party  France
Socialist Party (1980–2017)
En Marche! (2021–present)
Valents (2019–present)
Spouse(s) Nathalie Soulié (divorced)
Anne Gravoin
(m. 2010; div. 2018)

Susana Gallardo
(m. 2019)
Children 4
Relatives Aurelio Galfetti (uncle)
Alma mater Pantheon-Sorbonne University

Manuel Carlos Valls Galfetti (French: [manɥɛl kaʁlos vals ɡalfɛti], Catalan: [mənuˈɛl ˈkaɾluz ˈβaʎz ɣalˈfeti], Spanish: [maˈnwel ˈkaɾloz ˈβalz ɣalˈfeti]; born 13 August 1962) is a French-Spanish politician who has served as a Barcelona city councillor from 2019 to 2021. He served as Prime Minister of France from 2014 until 2016 under president François Hollande.

Born in Barcelona to a Spanish father and a Swiss mother, Valls was Mayor of Évry from 2001 to 2012 and was first elected to the National Assembly of France for Essonne in 2002. He was regarded as belonging to the Socialist Party's social liberal wing, sharing common orientations with Blairism. He was Minister of the Interior from 2012 to 2014 and Prime Minister from 2014 to 2016. He was a candidate in the Socialist Party primary for the 2017 presidential election, losing the Socialist nomination in the second round to Benoît Hamon. Following his defeat, he endorsed Emmanuel Macron despite having previously pledged to support the Socialist candidate.

In the 2017 legislative election, he was re-elected by a narrow margin as a Member of Parliament. He then left the Socialist Party and joined La République En Marche group in the National Assembly though not formally joining the party. In October 2018, he resigned from the National Assembly to run for mayor in the 2019 Barcelona municipal election supported by the centrist Ciudadanos party. He came in fourth in the election. Valls is also a past opponent of the Catalan independence movement.

In 2022 Valls attempted to return to the National Assembly as a member of LREM, for the Fifth constituency for French residents overseas. However he was unsuccessful after coming third in the vote.

Early life and family

Valls' paternal grandfather was the editor-in-chief of a Republican newspaper in Spain. During the Spanish Civil War, he sheltered priests who were fleeing from the Red Terror. After Francisco Franco's victory, he was forced out of his job as editor. Valls' father was the Barcelona-born painter Xavier Valls (1923–2006).

In the late 1940s, Xavier Valls moved to Paris and met his future wife, Luisangela Galfetti, a Ticino-born Swiss citizen, the sister of architect Aurelio Galfetti. In 1955, he won the prize for best still life in the third Spanish-American Art Biennial inaugurated by Franco. Valls was born in Barcelona while his parents were there on holiday. He grew up with them at their home in France and became naturalized as French.

See also

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