Prime Minister Manuel Valls offered up his Socialist government's resignation after accusing the economy minister of crossing a line with his blunt criticism of the government's policies. Hollande accepted the resignation and ordered Valls to form a new government by Tuesday.
France has had effectively no economic growth this year, and Hollande's approval ratings are in the teens. The country is under pressure from the
"A major change in our economy policy," was what Montebourg had said was needed from the president and prime minister.
With those words, Montebourg drew the anger of the Socialist leadership, which said Montebourg's job was to support the government, not criticize it from within.