French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announces departure from government

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Baku, February 10 AZERTAC

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Wednesday he was going to leave office, as had been widely expected, in a move that is set to trigger a wider reshuffle of the unpopular government.

According to Reuters, Fabius, 69, told reporters Wednesday was his last participation in the government's weekly cabinet meetings and that he expected the full reshuffle to be announced later this week.

President Francois Hollande is expected to nominate Fabius on Wednesday to head the country's top constitutional court.

The reshuffle is an opportunity for Hollande to re-shape his team ahead of the 2017 presidential elections, as he seeks to improve his very low approval ratings.

Fabius, who had been widely expected to change jobs since the end of last year, told reporters he was likely to start in his new job early March, after parliamentary committees rubber-stamp his nomination by Hollande.

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