MUSICAL CHAISES

French Government Resigns

For the second time in five months, the French government is getting some new blood. On Monday, President Francois Hollande ordered Prime Minister Manuel Valls to form a new government. “The head of state asked him [Valls] to form a team consistent with the direction he has himself set for the country,” a statement said. The reshuffle is an attempt to lift France from a sluggish economy as leftist and more centrist Socialist Party members fight among themselves. It could also be a reaction to the perceived insubordination by Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg, who bad-mouthed France and Germany.