France's Hollande demands new government after leftist dissent

August 25, 2014 2:07 PM

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France's Hollande demands new government after leftist dissent

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande asked his prime minister on Monday to form a new government, looking to impose his will on the cabinet after rebel leftist ministers had called for an economic policy U-turn.

The surprise move came the day after outspoken Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg had condemned what he called fiscal "austerity" and attacked euro zone powerhouse Germany's "obsession" with budgetary rigour.

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