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Leftist Montebourg wins more power in new French cabinet

By Nicholas Vinocur PARIS (Reuters) - Leftist Arnaud Montebourg, known for attacking big business and the European Commission, reaped a political harvest on Wednesday when he was put in charge of an enlarged economy and industry ministry in a choice that may unnerve Brussels and Berlin. The anti-globalisation campaigner with film star looks was one of the winners in a shakeup that saw President Francois Hollande name former interior minister Manuel Valls as prime minister after his Socialist Party was routed in local elections.

New French government announced

A new French government was announced on Wednesday that includes two new entrants including President Francois Hollande's former partner Segolene Royal, just days after the ruling Socialist Party suffered a drubbing in local polls. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian kept their posts, but the former finance minister was removed and his position split in two, with a finance minister and economy minister taking his place. mbx/am/ec

France's new cabinet line-up

French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday named a fresh cabinet under new Prime Minister Manuel Valls, after a reshuffle prompted by the ruling Socialists' dismal showing in local elections. Here is the complete list of ministers: Foreign Affairs: Laurent Fabius Environment and Energy: Segolene Royal Education: Benoit Hamon Justice: Christiane Taubira Finance: Michel Sapin Economy and Industry: Arnaud Montebourg Social Affairs: Marisol Touraine Labour: Francois Rebsamen Defence: Jean-Yves Le Drian

France's new cabinet line-up

French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday named a fresh cabinet under new Prime Minister Manuel Valls, after a reshuffle prompted by the ruling Socialists' dismal showing in local elections. Here is the complete list of ministers: Foreign Affairs: Laurent Fabius Environment and Energy: Segolene Royal Education: Benoit Hamon Justice: Christiane Taubira Finance: Michel Sapin Economy and Industry: Arnaud Montebourg Social Affairs: Marisol Touraine Labour: Francois Rebsamen Defence: Jean-Yves Le Drian

New French PM suffers setback as he prepares to unveil government

France's new Prime Minister Manuel Valls suffered his first setback as Green allies refused to take part in his government, due to be unveiled Wednesday. President Francois Hollande nominated the tough-talking interior minister to the post on Monday after the ruling Socialists suffered a drubbing at municipal polls. Valls replaces Jean-Marc Ayrault who had headed up a deeply unpopular government which struggled to create sorely-needed jobs and straighten out a battered economy.

New French PM suffers setback as he prepares to unveil government

France's new Prime Minister Manuel Valls suffered his first setback as Green allies refused to take part in his government, due to be unveiled Wednesday. President Francois Hollande nominated the tough-talking interior minister to the post on Monday after the ruling Socialists suffered a drubbing at municipal polls. The 51-year-old is due to unveil his new government at 0915 GMT, the presidency announced Wednesday.

Hollande's ex-partner Royal joins streamlined new government

French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday recalled his former partner Segolene Royal from the political wilderness to join a new streamlined government, days after his Socialist Party suffered an election drubbing. Sunday's stinging setback in nationwide municipal elections prompted Hollande to sack former premier Jean-Marc Ayrault and replace him with tough-talking interior minister Manuel Valls. The two wasted no time in radically reshaping the government, appointing two new faces in a cabinet of just 16 ministers, less than half the 38 in the previous line-up.

Hollande's ex-partner Royal joins streamlined new government

French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday recalled his former partner Segolene Royal from the political wilderness to join a new streamlined government, days after his Socialist Party suffered an election drubbing. Sunday's stinging setback in nationwide municipal elections prompted Hollande to sack former premier Jean-Marc Ayrault and replace him with tough-talking interior minister Manuel Valls. The two wasted no time in radically reshaping the government, appointing two new faces in a cabinet of just 16 ministers, less than half the 38 in the previous line-up.

French leftist Montebourg promoted in cabinet reshuffle

PARIS (Reuters) - French leftist Arnaud Montebourg, who as industry ministry has long accused the European Union of hurting economic growth with demands for lower public deficits, won new powers as economy minister in a cabinet reshuffle announced Wednesday. His promotion will raise new concerns in EU capitals about France's resolve to stick to deficit targets, just two days after President Francois Hollande hinted that Paris would seek further time from Brussels to get its public finances in shape.

Close Hollande ally Sapin named French finance minister

PARIS (Reuters) - Michel Sapin, a long-time political ally of President Francois Hollande who was his labor minister, was named to the powerful finance minister post on Wednesday. Arnaud Montebourg, who as industry minister backed protectionism to secure jobs and accused the European Union of hurting growth with its demands for lower public deficits, was given the expanded title of economy minister with oversight over industry and the digital economy.
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