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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.

French Greens say they will not join new government

PARIS (Reuters) - The French Greens party will not take part in a newly formed government under Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls, it said on Tuesday, breaking away from a coalition marked by tensions over energy policy. The decision capped nearly two years of tense relations between coalition partners as the Greens sought to wind down use of nuclear energy and insisted on maintaining a blanket ban on shale gas exploration.

New French PM forms government as mammoth challenges await

France's new Prime Minister Manuel Valls set about forming a new government Tuesday tasked with the mammoth challenge of reviving a battered economy, as the EU warned Paris not to renege on its reform pledges. President Francois Hollande nominated the tough-talking interior minister to the post on Monday after the ruling Socialists suffered a drubbing at municipal polls, replacing Jean-Marc Ayrault who had headed up a deeply unpopular government.

'En attendant Godot': Europe waiting for France

By Paul Taylor PARIS (Reuters) - As President Francois Hollande goes through the French mid-term ritual of sacking his government and appointing a new one, promising a dynamic "fresh start" after a local election drubbing, Europe is left as usual waiting for France. Paris' partners in Berlin and Brussels are again wondering whether the French will ever keep their promises to the European Union to curb the budget deficit, reform a rigid economy and step up to the mantle of shared leadership of the euro zone.

New French PM forms government as mammoth challenges await

France's new Prime Minister Manuel Valls faced a delicate balancing act Tuesday as he set about forming a new government tasked with reviving the economy and reining in public finances. President Francois Hollande nominated the tough-talking interior minister to the post on Monday after the ruling Socialists suffered a drubbing at municipal polls, replacing incumbent Jean-Marc Ayrault who had headed up a deeply unpopular government.
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