Newly elected French prime minister and leader of the Socialist
Party Lionel Jospin has appointed Manuel Valls as his communications and
Valls, a member of the Socialist Party’s national policy making body,
oversaw communications for Jospin during his month-long election
He will retain his position in the party for the time being.
He will work with two press attaches, at Hotel Matignon, the prime
They are press attache Henri Petitgand and head of the press service
Dominique Merchez, a member of the Socialist Party who worked with Valls
during the campaign as head of press, is considering his future at the
party’s press team.
Valls is currently a deputy mayor of Argenteuil in the Paris region,
although he is reviewing his position.
From 1990 to 1991 he worked under Edouard Balladur in the former prime
minister’s office as an adviser on youth and sport. Between 1991 and
1993 he represented the government at the winter Olympic games in
He was one of 12 advisers assigned by Jospin last week to his offices.