France gets new interior minister

26th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 26, 2007 (AFP) - French right-wing presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy stood down as interior minister Monday to concentrate on his campaign, and was replaced in a mini-government reshuffle by Overseas Territories Minister Francois Baroin.

PARIS, March 26, 2007 (AFP) - French right-wing presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy stood down as interior minister Monday to concentrate on his campaign, and was replaced in a mini-government reshuffle by Overseas Territories Minister Francois Baroin.

Health Minister Xavier Bertrand, who is Sarkozy's campaign spokesman, also resigned and was replaced by Social Security Minister Philippe Bas.

The appointments were made public in a statement from the Elysee palace.

Baroin, 41, is a long-time ally of President Jacques Chirac and acted as his campaign spokesman in 1995. He waited until Chirac's decision two weeks ago not to stand for a third term before declaring his support for Sarkozy in next month's election.

A former journalist, Baroin was the youngest member of parliament when he was elected in 1993.

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Subject: French news

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