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Old 08-25-2014, 12:48 PM   #1
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French government surrenders to itself

...yes. srs.

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(CNN) -- The French government was dissolved Monday amid turmoil among top ministers.
President Francois Hollande asked Prime Minister Manuel Valls to form a new government, which will be announced Tuesday, Hollande's office said in a statement posted on Twitter.
French media reported that the upheaval was caused by public calls from Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg for a major reorientation of economic policy in a country where growth has stalled and unemployment remains high.
Montebourg's comments were seen as a challenge to the authority of Hollande and Valls.
"The crisis in the heart of the government is clear, and it promises to be bloody," reported Le Figaro, a right-leaning national newspaper.
Socialist leader Hollande said he wants the new government to be "a team that is coherent with the course that he himself has set for our country," the statement from his office said.
Hollande has the worst approval ratings of any French President on record. Valls' popularity, meanwhile, has shown a decline in recent opinion polls.
Valls has been in the post of Prime Minister since March 31, replacing Jean-Marc Ayrault. Hollande has held the presidency since 2012, when he defeated his predecessor, the center-right leader Nicolas Sarkozy.
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Old 08-25-2014, 12:51 PM   #2
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Maybe this scenario will drift westward across the Atlantic.
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Old 08-25-2014, 01:17 PM   #3
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oh wait, French and surrender, that never happens. lol
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That was my first thought too. J.C. has finally inspired the revolution!
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Clever thread title. LOL
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You understand their democracy works differently from ours, right?

They're not trashing their constitution and legal structures. The French legislative branch can fire and replace the ministers (roughly equivalent to the Cabinet in the US) anytime they want.

They're essentially pushing reset on the political makeup of some of the posts at the top of the executive branch.
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Old 08-26-2014, 09:26 AM   #8
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^ Can we has dis gubment?
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Old 08-26-2014, 09:42 AM   #9
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^ Can we has dis gubment?
For real, that sounds great.
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I don't know if it's truly any more effective or efficient. Maybe it is. I have only read a few articles about it, so I am hardly an expert, but it seems to be very politically complicated.
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You understand their democracy works differently from ours, right?

They're not trashing their constitution and legal structures. The French legislative branch can fire and replace the ministers (roughly equivalent to the Cabinet in the US) anytime they want.

They're essentially pushing reset on the political makeup of some of the posts at the top of the executive branch.
This.

Its a cabinet reshuffle.
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those silly surrender monkeys.
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