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French PM Jean-Marc Ayrault has called on the French people to rally behind the government to tackle a "crushing" and "unprecedented" debt crisis. He confirmed those earning more than 1m euros (£800,000) would be taxed at 75%.

Mr Ayrault added the proportion of nuclear power in the production of electricity would be reduced from 75% to 50% by 2025. He also said gay couples would be allowed to get married and to adopt children from next year in France.He promised people on lower incomes would be spared the brunt of budget cuts and tax increases.

He further confirmed his government would go ahead with plans to hire thousands more teachers and police, as well as creating 150,000 state-aided jobs. The moves are among election pledges made by new President Francois Hollande.

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