France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius arrives to take part in an EU council Foreign ministers meeting in Amsterdam, on February 5, 2016. AFP / EMMANUEL DUNAND
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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Wednesday he was leaving the government ahead of a reshuffle President Francois Hollande is set to announce in coming days to reshape his team ahead of the 2017 presidential elections.While it is unclear how widespread the reshuffle will be, speculation is rife over who could join a revamped government in coming days, with Hollande's former prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, or former partner, Environment Minister Segolene Royal, tipped as possible replacements for Fabius.Hollande was to be interviewed on French television on Thursday evening, and might give more details.The lower house of parliament on Wednesday endorsed a strongly disputed bill on stripping those convicted of terrorism of their French passport by 317 votes against 199 .
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