Fillon to form new government after victory

18th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 18, 2007 (AFP) - French Prime Minister Francois Fillon formally tendered his government's resignation to President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday, and was immediately tasked with forming a new one following the centre-right's victory in parliamentary elections.

PARIS, June 18, 2007 (AFP) - French Prime Minister Francois Fillon formally tendered his government's resignation to President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday, and was immediately tasked with forming a new one following the centre-right's victory in parliamentary elections.

"In accordance with republican tradition, on the day after legislative elections Francois Fillon presented his government's resignation to the president, who accepted it," said a statement from the Elysee palace.

"The president then conferred once again on Monsieur Fillon the functions of prime minister and charged him with forming a new government," it said.

Sarkozy's Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) won a clear majority in Sunday's elections, but did not secure the landslide over the opposition Socialists that many had predicted.

The most important casualty was the environment minister Alain Juppe, who failed to win a seat and has therefore resigned from the government.

Fillon was expected to present his new government -- including a replacement for Juppe and several new junior posts -- on Tuesday.


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Subject: French news

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