This combination of 18 pictures made on August 26, 2014 shows France's Prime minister Manuel Valls (up L) and the new government's Junior ministers after their official announcement today. AFP PHOTO
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President Francois Hollande replaced his maverick leftist economy minister with a former Rothschild partner Tuesday in a reshuffle intended to reconcile his efforts to revive the stagnant French economy with deficit-cutting orthodoxy.Sources close to Hollande said the new Cabinet, whose names were read out on the steps of the Elysee Palace, would carry out his plan of reconciling pro-business measures to boost growth – including 40 billion euros in corporate tax cuts – with promises to adhere to EU budget rules.Two other rebels, Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti and Education Minister Benoit Hamon, were replaced by existing ministers solidly loyal to the increasingly centrist line that Hollande has set for his Socialist government since January.
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