France's Hollande seen reshuffling cabinet after local poll rout

March 31st, 2014  
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Topic: France's Hollande seen reshuffling cabinet after local poll rout

By Mark John and Emmanuel Jarry PARIS (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande will make a televised statement on his government as early as Monday, a close ally said, as left-wingers demanded an end to pro-business reforms and budget cuts following a local poll rout for his Socialist party. Speculation of a cabinet reshuffle grew as Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault acknowledged he and his ministers bore the blame for Sunday's defeat, which saw 155 towns swing to the center-right UMP and the far-right National Front claim 11. "I don't see how there won't be a major reshuffle," he said of a government which polls show the French do not trust to turn around unemployment of more than 10 percent. A report by i TELE TV that he had also met Interior Minister Manuel Valls - tipped by many as the next premier - could not be confirmed immediately.


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