French President announces new government of allies

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French president François Hollande announced his new Cabinet on Tuesday afternoon, the second change in his two years in office.

There are to be eight men and eight women in it.

Loyalty has been rewarded: Emmanuel Macron, a former economic advisor to François Hollande becomes economy minister replacing Arnaud Montebourg one of the rebel left-wing ministers who had called for an economic U-turn.

Hamon and Filipetti are out, replaced by Najat Vallaud-Belkacem as education minister and Fleur Pellerin takes on the role of culture minister.

Hollande had asked Prime Minister Manuel Valls to form new team after dissent from some ministers. It’s being seen by many as the last chance for his unpopular French presidency.