Six Sarkozy ministers win seats in French vote

11th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 10, 2007 (AFP) - Six ministers in the rightwing government of President Nicolas Sarkozy won seats in parliamentary elections on Sunday but a question mark hung over the fate of the cabinet's number two Alain Juppe.

PARIS, June 10, 2007 (AFP) - Six ministers in the rightwing government of President Nicolas Sarkozy won seats in parliamentary elections on Sunday but a question mark hung over the fate of the cabinet's number two Alain Juppe.

Eleven of the 15 ministers were running for seats in the first round of voting that was dominated by Sarkozy's rightwing Union for a Popular Movement (UMP).

Prime Minister Francois Fillon, who was elected in the eastern Sarthe region, had said any minister who failed to win victory would have to give up their post.

Defence Minister Herve Morin, Economy Minister Jean-Louis Borloo, Labour Minister Xavier Bertrand, Public Finance Minister Eric Woerth and Transport Minister Dominique Bussereau won a majority of votes in the first round.

Interior Minister Michel Alliot-Marie and Health and Sports Minister Roselyne Bachelot were headed into the second round on Sunday with a comfortable lead over Socialist rivals, according to results.

Juppe, who is the number two official in the government and heads a super-ministry for the environment, sustainable development, energy and transport, won 43.7 percent of the vote in his constituency in the Bordeaux region and was to face off against a Socialist.

The electoral fate of Housing Minister Christine Boutin and Higher Education Minister Valerie Pecresse -- both running for safe rightwing seats -- was unclear late Sunday.

One month after Sarkozy beat Socialist Segolene Royal for the presidency, voters returned to the polls on Sunday to fill the 577 seats of the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament.

A strong majority for Sarkozy will give him free rein to push through the programme of bold reforms that were the centerpiece of his presidential campaign.


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