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French premier resigns; successor is nominated

The government of Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy resigned Tuesday night, and President Francois Mitterrand accepted the resignation, the Elysee Palace announced.

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Mr. Mitterrand nominated Laurent Fabius as the new prime minister, the announcement on French television said. Mr. Fabius had been minister of industry and research.

The brief announcement, delivered by Jean-Louis Bianco, secretary-general of the presidential Elysee Palace, followed news reports Tuesday night that Education Minister Alain Savary, author of a controversial education bill, had also resigned.