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France: first meeting of new cabinet

France’s new government met for the first time on Friday. Former Interior Minister Manuel Valls is prime minister after a re-shuffle.

Valls heads a new team following poor local election results for the ruling Socialists which saw massive gains for the far-right and conservatives.

French President Francois Hollande’s ex-partner and former presidential candidate Segolene Royal is the new minister of ecology and environment.

Hollande hopes the changes will breathe fresh life into his unpopular presidency.

Surveys show he is the least popular leader in France’s 56-year-old Fifth Republic.

The new 16-minister team has an equal number of men and women.

It’s been billed as the leanest cabinet in modern French history.

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