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    French government dissolved amid internal feud

    August 26, 2014

    French President Francois Hollande dissolved the government on Monday after an open feud in his Cabinet over the country’s stagnant economy, The Hindu reported.

     

    Prime Minister Manuel Valls offered up his Socialist government’s resignation after accusing the economy minister of crossing a line with his blunt criticism of the government’s policies. Hollande accepted the resignation and ordered Valls to form a new government by Tuesday.

     

    France has had effectively no economic growth this year and Mr. Hollande’s approval ratings are in the teens. The country is under pressure from the European Union to get its finances in order, but Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg has questioned whether the austerity pressed by the EU will kick start French growth.

     

    “A major change in our economy policy,” was what Mr. Montebourg had said was needed from the president and prime minister.

     

    With those words, Mr. Montebourg drew the anger of the Socialist leadership, which said Mr. Montebourg’s job was to support the government, not criticize it from within.

     

    “He’s not there to start a debate but to put France back on the path of growth,” Carlos Da Silva, the Socialist Party spokesman, told Le Figaro newspaper.

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