France's labour minister bows out with unemployment high

French Labour Minister Francois Rebsamen gestures before mayoral elections at the City Hall in Dijon on August 10, 2015France’s labour minister said Monday that he would step down next week to become mayor of Dijon, forcing President Francois Hollande to find someone else to tackle stubbornly high unemployment. Francois Rebsamen, 64, told Le Parisien daily that he would hand in his resignation on August 19, after the next cabinet meeting. “I never dreamed of combining the jobs of labour minister and mayor of Dijon… I know very well that one cannot combine the two and I never envisaged that,” said Rebsamen.

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