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    French President Dissolves Government

    • French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, left, leaves with French President Francois Hollande after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Aug. 25, 2014. 
    • Outgoing French Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg speaks at a news conference. Montebourg announced he would not seek a role in the reshuffled French government to be unveiled by the prime minister, Paris Aug. 25, 2014. 
    • Outgoing French Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg prior to giving a news conference, in Paris, Aug. 25, 2014. 
    • Outgoing Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg speaks during a press conference. France’s Socialist government dissolved on Monday after open feuding in the Cabinet over how much cutting or spending will revive the country’s stagnant economy, in Paris, Aug.25, 2014.
    • Outgoing Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg waves during a press conference in Paris, Aug.25, 2014. 
    • French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (left) waves as he arrives for a meeting with French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Aug. 25, 2014. 
    French President Dissolves Government
    VOA News

    French President Francois Hollande dissolved the government on Monday and directed Prime Minister Manuel Valls to form a new government by Tuesday.

    The president's decision to accept the resignation of the Socialist government came amid major differences within his Cabinet over efforts to stimulate the French economy and cut spending.

    France has seen stagnant economic growth this year and unemployment has hovered at around 10 percent.

    The president promised to cut taxes and make it easier for businesses to open and operate in hopes of reversing the economic troubles, but efforts have come under attack.

    Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg recently criticized French economic policies as making unemployment worse, and he questioned Germany's budgetary actions.

    France has been under pressure by the E.U. to get its financial house in order.

     

     

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