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France’s ex-PM Valls wants “smart” euro zone rules, no Turkey EU membership

Former Prime Minister Manuel Valls said he would keep France’s public deficit below 3 percent of economic output but would not seek to reduce it to zero as he unveiled his election platform ahead of the French left’s primaries later this month.

Manuel Valls, who said he wanted a “smart application” of the single currency bloc’s stability pact rules, also said he was against Turkey joining the European Union.

The former premier, who resigned last month, said he would merge French welfare benefits into a single “decent income”.

Valls is ahead in opinion polls for the late January leftwing primaries. But opinion polls also show that neither Valls nor any other leftwing candidate would make it to the second round of the presidential election.

Alexa Stewart