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French President Hollande names Valls as new PM
BBC ^ | March 31, 2014 | BBC staff

Posted on 04/01/2014 2:58:35 AM PDT by Truth29

President Francois Hollande has named Interior Minister Manuel Valls as France's next prime minister.

Mr Hollande, whose popularity has slumped, said Mr Valls would head a "fighting government".

The ruling Socialists have been badly bruised in local elections which saw big gains for conservatives and the far-right National Front (FN).

Mr Valls, 51, has replaced PM Jean-Marc Ayrault, whose office confirmed his resignation on Monday.

In a short televised address on Monday, President Hollande said France had to put right its public finances, acknowledging it was time for change.

He proposed a reduction in taxes and worker contributions to spur job creation. "We are in this for the long haul," he said.

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Hollande desperately trying to save his failing government.
1 posted on 04/01/2014 2:58:35 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Truth29

Perhaps he’ll comfort himself with a new mistress.

2 posted on 04/01/2014 5:05:42 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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