Manuel Valls has been named prime minister after the Socialists lost out in local elections, while the Front National made gains.
Marine Le Pen has warned her party could die within months after a French court seized party funds. And she has found some unlikely supporters in her appeal.
Former French PM Manuel Valls has promised to avoid deep public spending cuts, in a pitch to voters ahead of France's presidential election. Valls faces six other candidates for the Socialist Party nomination.
French Socialists have chosen Benoit Hamon and Manuel Valls to compete in the party's runoff at the end of January. After five years under a beleaguered Francois Hollande, the chances of a Socialist president look slim.
French Sports Minister Laura Flessel has announced that she is stepping down. Her resignation comes just a week after President Emmanuel Macron's environment minister quit his post during a fiery live radio interview.
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