Hollande replaces his PM after heavy local elections losses

French president Francois Hollande has sacked his prime minister and replaced him with popular interior minister Manuel Valls after the Socialist party suffered major losses to the conservatives and far-right in the local elections.

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Anne Hidalgo becomes first female mayor of Paris

Anne Hidalgo (C), current Paris city deputy mayor and Socialist Party candidate in the mayoral election, celebrates. Credit: Reuters\Benoit Tessier

France's ruling Socialist party looks set to retain control of Paris as their candidate, Anne Hidalgo becomes the city's first female mayor.

President Francois Hollande's party is heading for a big defeat in local elections as the centre-right UMP claims victory. The far-right Front Nationale party of Marine Le Pen are also tipped to make several gains.

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