PARIS (AP) -- Manuel Valls, the former French prime minister, said Tuesday he wants to turn his back on the Socialists and run under President-elect Emmanuel Macron's new political movement. It's not clear, however, if he will be able to do so.
All 577 seats in France's lower chamber are up for grabs in the country's two-part June 11 and June 18 parliamentary election. Macron's 577 candidates are expected to be announced Thursday and Macron himself will be sworn in on Sunday.
Valls told RTL radio that France's Socialist party "is dead and behind us" and said he wants to join Macron's Republic on the Move to run for a seat in parliament. He's hoping to run in the Essonne department, his fiefdom south of Paris, but Republic on the Move officials said his nomination won't be automatic.
"All support for the president is welcome," said Jean-Paul Delevoye, head of the Republic on the Move panel assessing the candidates. "But support doesn't necessarily translate into a nomination. (Vall's) voice is not insignificant, but his candidacy will be treated like anyone else's."