Veteran French politician Fabius bows out

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PARIS: Veteran French politician Laurent Fabius bowed out of government Wednesday after a career spanning more than three decades that saw an early string of scandals but ended with his shepherding a complex climate deal as foreign minister. Fabius holds the distinction of being France’s youngest ever prime minister, a post he took up at 37, and has remained a Socialist heavyweight, ending his career in the ornate hallways of the Quai d’Orsay as his country’s top diplomat. On Wednesday, President Francois Hollande nominated Fabius to head France’s prestigious Constitutional Court, a post the outgoing foreign minister told reporters he would take up in March “if things go as planned.”

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