French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced his candidacy for the 2017 French presidential election. Valls is expected to face conservative Francois Fillon and right-wing leader Marine Le Pen.

Manuel Valls

Manuel Valls Photo Credit: Reuters\Channel 2 News

Recently, many estimated that French Prime Minister Manuel Valls will announce his candidacy for president in order to block the conservatives and far right-wing from taking office. Tonight (Monday), Valls officially resigned as prime minister so that he can run for president in the 2017 election.

Current President Francois Hollande announced on Thursday that he will not run in the election, which is an unprecedented move and enables more candidates from the right-wing and the left-wing to fight for the leadership of the country.

Francois Hollande

Francois Hollande Photo Credit: Reuters\Channel 2 News

This is the first time in decades that a French president is not attempting another term, the first time since World War II. This comes after recent polls suggested that Hollande has the support of only 4% of the population.

Recent polls estimated that neither Hollande nor any other socialist candidate would pass the first round of the race. They estimated a tight race between far right-wing leader Marine Le Pen and conservative leader Francois Fillon.