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Christiane Taubira, justice minister at odds with French government, resigns

French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, a left-winger often considered at odds with her government on matters of law and order enforcement, resigned on Wednesday, President Francois Hollande's office said in a statement.

French President Hollande expected to get less resistance from replacement Jean-Jacques Urvoas

French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira is shown after a cabinet meeting at the Élysée Palace in Paris on Jan. 13. (Jacques Brinon/The Associated Press)

French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, a left-winger often considered at odds with her government on matters of law and order enforcement, resigned on Wednesday, President Francois Hollande's office said in a statement.

The announcement came as parliament prepared to examine a controversial constitutional reform that would allow for people convicted of terrorism to be stripped of their citizenship in certain circumstances.

Taubira, who expressed reservations about the plan, said on her Twitter account: "Sometimes you remain in place to resist. Sometimes resisting means you go."

The statement from Hollande's office said Taubira would be replaced by Jean-Jacques Urvoas, widely regarded as more supportive of Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Hollande.

Taubira, born in French Guiana, was perhaps best known for shepherding legislation through parliament to legalize same-sex weddings in France. While her active role on that major social policy change was widely recognised, she was often accused of advocating a softer touch on law and order than others in her government.

That stance has looked even more problematic in the wake of the Nov. 13 Islamist militant attacks on Paris and the security clampdown they sparked, and as countries across Europe take a harder line on policing.

Her departure comes amid talk in French media of a possible broader shakeup of Hollande's team as it heads into its last full year before presidential and legislative elections in 2017.

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this story incorrectly spelled the name of the French justice minister. Her correct name is Christiane Taubira.
    Jan 27, 2016 7:10 AM ET

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