PARIS (Reuters) - A junior minister resigned from France's Socialist government on Monday to join the presidential campaign of leftist Benoit Hamon, she said in a newspaper interview.
Axelle Lemaire, state secretary for digital affaires and innovation, told daily Liberation she wanted to help Hamon run for the April-May election as well as prepare her own campaign for parliamentary elections in June.
"I think I have fulfilled my mission in the government, I will be more useful outside than inside," she said.
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Lemaire, who joined the government in 2014, will work on digital innovation in Hamon's team.
Former Socialist education minister Vincent Peillon and former industry minister Arnaud Montebourg - who both lost out to Hamon in the party's primaries early this year - are also supporting his campaign.
(Reporting by Chine Labbe; Writing by Geert De Clercq)