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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Hidalgo set to become the first female Paris mayor

A minor consolation for President Francois Hollande's ruling Socialists on a dreadful night in the French local elections is the anticipated victory in the Paris town hall for their candidate Anne Hidalgo, who will become the city's first female mayor.

ITV News Europe Editor James Mates has tweeted:

TV exit polls placed Ms Hidalgo on 54.5 per cent, which will see her retain control of the French capital's town hall for the Socialists.

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