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.
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.