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Francois Hollande

French foreign minister leaving to head Constitutional Court

France's top diplomat is leaving his post to become chief of the Constitutional Council, France's top court which makes sure that legislation complies with the constitution.

French President Francois Hollande formally proposed the nomination of Laurent Fabius to the Constitutional Council in a statement Wednesday. Fabius, 69, had been in office since 2012.

"I led the French diplomacy with pride and I served it with pleasure", Fabius told lawmakers at France's lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, getting loud applause.

His successor was not named immediately, but a government reshuffle is expected in the coming days. Environment and Energy...