Chirac vows reducing unemployment is 'priority'

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PARIS, May 31 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac said Tuesday that the fight against unemployment would be the top priority of his new government, and confirmed that the head of the ruling party Nicolas Sarkozy would be one of its members.

PARIS, May 31 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac said Tuesday that the fight against unemployment would be the top priority of his new government, and confirmed that the head of the ruling party Nicolas Sarkozy would be one of its members.  

"The priority of government action, in the service of French women and men, is of course jobs. This demands a national mobilisation ... which must be carried out with total respect for the French model," Chirac said in a televised address.  

"This model is not one of the Anglo-Saxon type - but nor is it a model synonymous with inertia," he said.  

Chirac was speaking shortly after appointing Dominique de Villepin to head the new government.   

He confirmed earlier reports that Sarkozy, who is president of the ruling Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), will be a leading member.  

"In a spirit of rallying together, I have asked Nicolas Sarkozy to join the government as a minister of state and he has accepted," Chirac said.  

The change of government was prompted by the overwhelming rejection of the EU constitution in a referendum Sunday.

 

© AFP

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