French-speaking Montreal elects English-speaking mayor for first time in 100 years

The French-speaking city of Montreal has elected an English-speaking mayor for the first time in 100 years.

Michael Applebaum won a city council vote Friday to serve as interim mayor after his predecessor stepped down amid scandal.

English speakers in Canada's French-speaking province of Quebec rarely hold prominent political roles.

Applebaum also speaks French. He will serve for only a year, with the promise not to run in the next municipal election in November 2013.

Former mayor Gerald Tremblay resigned last week as a public inquiry hears testimony detailing graft and ties to organized crime.

Because the mayor resigned less than a year before an election, provincial law said his successor had to be picked by the city council on an interim basis.