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Critical French economy minister not in new cabinet

French Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg gives a press conference at the French Economy Ministry in Paris August 25, 21014. (AFP Photo/Eric Piermont)

PARIS: France's economy minister, whose criticism of the country's economic policies prompted the prime minister to tender the government's resignation, said Monday that he would not figure in the reshuffled cabinet.

Arnaud Montebourg told reporters: "I believed it necessary to take back my freedom in the same way he (Prime Minister Manuel Valls) accepted to give it to me."

 

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