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French President François Hollande named the new French government

French President Francois Hollande named the new French government on 26 August 2014 under Prime Minister Manual Valls.

Aug 29, 2014 16:42 IST
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French President Francois Hollande named the new French government on 26 August 2014 under Prime Minister Manual Valls. Those ministers who rebelled against the austerity measures suggested by Hollande were dropped out from the list.

A former banker and ex-presidential economic adviser Emmanuel Macron will be the new economy minister in place of Arnaud Montebourg.  Fleur Pellerin was made Minister for Culture, replacing Aurelie Filippetti who is out of the government.

For the first time a woman would be put in charge of education as Najat Vallaud-Belkacem replaced Benoit Hamon. Ms Vallaud-Belkacem was minister for women's rights in the last cabinet.

However, foreign minister Laurent Fabius, defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and finance minister Michel Sapin will retain their posts.

Background
French President Francois Hollande dissolved his government on 25 August 2014 after an open feud in the cabinet over the country's economic policy.

After dissolving the cabinet, Hollande asked Manuel Valls to form a new government by 26 August 2014. The new government was unlikely to include Arnaud Montebourg, who criticized Hollande’s austerity policies.

The fall of French government highlights the increasing political and economic pressures on president Francois Hollande as he wants to revive the France economy that had witnessed no growth in the past two quarters.

 

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