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Former French PM Jean-Marc Ayrault named foreign minister

By Amy R. Connolly   |   Feb. 11, 2016 at 11:30 AM
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PARIS, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Former French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault was named foreign minister Thursday in a government shakeup ahead of the 2017 presidential elections.

Ayrault, a Socialist Party veteran who was prime minister from 2012 to 2014, was appointed to replace former Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who resigned Wednesday.

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President Francois Hollande also named French Greens Party head Emmanuelle Cosse as housing minister.

The reshuffling comes as Hollande attempts to gain broad support for his re-election bid in 2017.

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