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Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 16:08

France to unveil pro-reform cabinet

By Reuters

 France to unveil pro-reform cabinet
Afile picture taken on Aug 20, 2014 shows French President Francois Hollande (left) and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls shaking hands at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris after a weekly cabinet meeting. (Photo / AFP)

PARIS - France's prime minister will scramble to put together a new pro-reform government on Tuesday, a day after the surprise eviction of rebel ministers who had opposed budgetary rigour.

Manuel Valls will seek as wide a basis as possible for his second cabinet in five months ahead of tough negotiations at home and with EU peers on France's 2015 budget and he is expected to try to poach politicians from other parties. An announcement is expected by late afternoon.

Valls handed in his government's resignation on Monday after President Francois Hollande decided firebrand Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg had gone one step too far by attacking his economic policies and Germany's "obsession" with austerity.

Two of France's leading newspapers, the conservative Le Figaro and left-wing Liberation, summed up the mood on Tuesday with the exact same headline: "Regime crisis".

Luc Chatel, caretaker leader of the main UMP opposition party, called for a vote of confidence on the new government but stopped short of demanding that Hollande dissolve parliament.

 
 
 
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