After a thumping in local elections, the makeover of France's government is complete. Energetic new Prime Minister Manuel Valls is to lead a slimmed-down cabinet with only 16 ministers. The ruling Socialists are hoping they'll take some of the heat off a president whose approval ratings in two short years have sunk to less than 20%. Will former interior minister Valls do a better job of keeping the troops in line than his predecessor?
Produced and prepared by Anelise Borges, Haxie Meyers-Belkin and Diaraye Bah
Socialist Member of Parliament at the French National Assembly
Joelle GARRIAUD MAYLAM
French Senator, UMP
Group Chief Economist, Euler Hermes
Professor of International Relations, American University of Paris