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French government resigns ahead of reshuffle

AP, Monday 31 Mar 2014
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French President Francois Hollande (Photo: Reuters)
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France's government has resigned ahead of a reshuffle that comes 24 hours after President Francois Hollande's Socialists suffered losses in nationwide municipal elections seen as a referendum on his leadership.

Disappointment with the Socialists' handling of the economy drove many voters to conservative or anti-immigrant far-right candidates in the elections Sunday.

Hollande is expected to announce a new prime minister Monday evening, after having met with outgoing Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.

Hollande hopes the reshuffle will boost the government's popularity.

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