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France's anti-austerity ex-minister Arnaud Montebourg to run for presidency

France's former economy minister, who fell out with President Francois Hollande, has announced he will be a candidate for president next year.

Socialist Arnaud Montebourg, 53, said in a speech on Sunday that Mr Hollande's record "is indefensible".

Mr Hollande has not said whether he will stand for re-election.

Mr Montebourg, Mr Hollande's minister from 2012 to 2014, lost his portfolio amid feuding over economic policy, because he denounced German-style austerity as the wrong medicine to foster growth.

"The European Union is in the situation of a bankrupt business that needs a reform to be saved," Mr Montebourg said on Sunday.

As minister, he introduced a measure to broaden the government's authority to intervene when foreign companies want to buy firms the state considers vital, including in the sectors of transport, health and communications.


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