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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.

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.

Hollande makes Valls PM after election debacle

The full line-up of France's new government is set to emerge Tuesday after President Francois Hollande reacted to an electoral rout for his Socialist Party by naming popular Interior Minister Manuel Valls as prime minister. Valls, 51, replaces the dismissed Jean-Marc Ayrault at the helm of the new government which will not include the two Green ministers who were part of the outgoing administration. The Green party said it was "awaiting clarification" of the direction of Valls' government before deciding on further cooperation.

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France's new PM: tough-talking and popular

France's new Prime Minister Manuel Valls is the most popular Socialist politician in the country, or at least he is with almost everyone except a sizeable chunk of his own party. As approval ratings plummeted for the rest of France's Socialist government over the course of its first two years in office, the good-looking interior minister was almost alone in defying the trend.

France's new PM: tough-talking and popular

He has feuded with fellow ministers and is regularly brushed with controversy, but France's new Prime Minister Manuel Valls is one of the country's most popular politicians. As approval ratings plummeted for the rest of France's Socialist government over the course of its first two years in office, the good-looking interior minister was almost alone in defying the trend.

Paris gets first female mayor as concierge bites back

It was a victory to savour. As she bid to become the first female mayor of Paris, Spanish-born Socialist Anne Hidalgo had to endure taunts from her opponents about her modest origins and lack of Parisian roots. But in the end, voters in the French capital brushed such snobbery aside and defied the national trend by electing the 54-year-old by a convincing margin.

Socialist Anne Hidalgo to be first female mayor of Paris

Anne Hidalgo, a Spanish-born Socialist, will be the first female mayor of Paris after an unexpectedly comfortable win in municipal elections on Sunday. Hidalgo, 54, had been expected to be run extremely close by her centre-right rival, former government minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, on a night when the Socialists took a beating from voters across the country because of the unpopularity of President Francois Hollande's government.

Socialists hammered in French vote as far-right makes breakthrough

France's ruling Socialist Party suffered heavy losses in nationwide local elections Sunday which were marked by a breakthrough success for the far-right National Front. In a rare consolation on a bleak night for President Francois Hollande's party, the Socialists held on to control of Paris, where Anne Hidalgo will become the first female mayor of the French capital after a victory that was far more comfortable than anyone had expected.

Black Sunday for France's Socialists as far-right breaks through

France's ruling Socialist Party suffered humiliating losses Sunday in a local vote marked by breakthrough successes for the far-right National Front and the historic election of a first female mayor of Paris. On a day dubbed "Black Sunday" by one Socialist lawmaker, the National Front (FN) won control of at least eight towns and was on track to claim 1,200 municipal council seats nationwide, its best ever showing at the grassroots level of French politics. It was also a night to savour for France's main opposition, the centre-right Union for a Popular Movement (UMP).
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