EVRY, France (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Monday he was a candidate for next year's presidential election and wanted to unite the Left.


"Yes, I am candidate for the presidency of the Republic," Valls said in a speech to supporters in his fiefdom of Evry, south of Paris.


His announcement followed a primary ballot in which Francois Fillon, a 62-year-old ex-prime minister, secured a resounding win to become the presidential candidate of the center-right Les Republicains party.


The leftwing primaries take place in January and the presidential election in two rounds in April and May.


(Reporting by Christian Hartmann; Writing by Brian Love and Ingrid Melander; Editing by John Irish)