>> He would inherit a ruling party in turmoil. France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls is expected to announce he'll seek the Socialist Party's nomination in the race for president. Replacing Francois Hollande after his surprise announcement that he would not seek a second term. But, as Reuters Ingrid Miranda notes, Valls would be tasked with healing a party in civil war after Hollande.
>> Manuel Valls is a divided figure in the party. Some like him because they think he's right to be, like Hollande, a centrist on economy issues. That he's right to be straight talking on security issues. But a lot of the party veterans, they think his views are betraying the grassroots left wing values.
And they think that if either party goes to choose him into this line, it's not gonna be what the voters want.>> Even if the socialists rally behind him, they'd still face an uphill battle. Hollande's favorability ratings are at historic lows and Valls hasn't faired much better. A recent poll put him at only 9% should he become nominee.
Losing easily to conservative Francois Fillon who's then favorite in a run off against far right nationalist Marine Le Pen.>> Maybe some of the people who might find that Fillon a little bit too hardline and a little bit more to the right, they might like him. But he's been Prime Minister for more than two years.
It will be quite difficult for him to differentiate himself from Hollande.>> He may have to. Hollande's presidency's been racked by economic woes, militant attacks on French soil, and scandal surrounding his personal life.