French government resigns before a reshuffle announced several months ago

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy accepted on Saturday  the resignation of the Government headed by Prime Minister Francois Fillon, paving the way for a reshuffle announced several months ago.

French Presidency  said that the appointment of the future prime minister will not  be announced Saturday evening.

“In applying Article 8 of the Constitution, the President of the Republic Francois Fillon presented his Government’s resignation,” it said in a statement the Elysee Palace.

“President of the Republic has accepted the resignation and thus put an end to Prime Minister Francois Fillon functions,” added the official.

Resignation is the first step in a government reshuffle announced five months ago and will end, according to government sources, during the day Monday.

French political sources said on Saturday that Fillon’s appointment is likely to form the next government and outgoing Prime Minister was received Saturday at the presidency twice.

Jean-Louis Borloo Deputy Minister of Ecology, which aims to turn as prime minister,  was received in the afternoon at the Elysee Palace.

The French president has decided to accelerate the schedule reshuffling, while former Prime Minister Alain Jupp has announced the return implicit in the government, government sources saying that he would take over the Defense portfolio.

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Posted by M Cosmin on Nov 13 2010. Filed under Featured News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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