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FILE – In this March 27, 2014 file photo, French President Francois Hollande, left, and French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, right, wait for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan, at the Chateau de Versailles, west of Paris. French President Francois Hollande is preparing a probable shake-up of his unpopular government after his Socialist Party suffered losses in nationwide municipal elections. Ayrault, whose job is on the line said himself that the elections were “a defeat for the government.”. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool, File)

FILE – In this March 27, 2014 file photo, French President Francois Hollande, left, and French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, right, wait for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan, at the Chateau de Versailles, west of Paris. French President Francois Hollande is preparing a probable shake-up of his unpopular government after his Socialist Party suffered losses in nationwide municipal elections. Ayrault, whose job is on the line said himself that the elections were “a defeat for the government.”. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool, File)

FILE – In this Jan. 14, 2013 file photo, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, foreground, and Interior Minister Manuel Valls leave the Elysee Palace, in Paris. French President Francois Hollande is preparing a probable shake-up of his unpopular government after his Socialist Party suffered losses in nationwide municipal elections seen as a referendum on his leadership. Disappointment with the Socialists’ handling of the economy drove many voters to conservative or anti-immigrant far-right candidates in nationwide municipal elections Sunday. Hollande met Monday morning Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks were not meant to be public knowledge. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

A child posts his mother’s ballot, during the municipal elections in Pau, southwestern France, Sunday, March 30, 2014. Voters in Paris and across France are going to the polls Sunday in municipal elections seen as a referendum on embattled President Francois Hollande’s first two years in office. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

A father, right, stands with his child in a booth of a polling station, during the municipal elections in Paris, Sunday March 30, 2014. Voters in Paris and across France are going to the polls Sunday in municipal elections seen as a referendum on embattled President Francois Hollande’s first two years in office. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

France’s far right National Front leader Marine Le Pen delivers a speech at the party headquarters in Nanterre, west of Paris, Sunday, March 30, 2014. French pollsters say the governing Socialists lost ground to the conservative right in municipal elections Sunday that are seen as a referendum on embattled President Francois Hollande and certain to lead to a government shakeup. Estimates showed the anti-immigration far right adding several towns to its victory bucket after a symbolic win in the northern town of Henin-Beaumont in last week’s first round. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

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