New French government to be appointed Sunday: sources

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French President Nicola Sarkozy will name a new prime minister and cabinet on Sunday following their resignation, government officials and the governing UMP party said.

Sarkozy on Saturday cleared the decks for his long-awaited cabinet reshuffle, accepting -- as a formality -- the resignation of Prime Minister Francois Fillon and his entire government.

Fillon is expected to be rapidly re-appointed premier, and he will then go on to name a new team of ministers, hoping to reinvigorate the government and kickstart Sarkozy's undeclared 2012 re-election campaign.

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