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Battle over Austerity Collapses French Government


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Battle over Austerity Collapses French Government

Sarah Lazare, staff writer

French President François Hollande took the dramatic step Monday of dissolving the country's government in the midst of a heated row over unpopular austerity policies—a move that effectively forced austerity critics from their positions and created a new cabinet of loyalists.

The upheaval marks the second time in less than five months that Hollande has orchestrated a shake-up of the French cabinet and comes amid rising opposition to the austerity policies of the president, whose approval rating has plummeted to 17 percent.