Who's who in the new French government

3rd June 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 2 (AFP) - The following is a list of the members of the new government of French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin announced Thursday, four days after the country's rejection of the EU constitution.

PARIS, June 2 (AFP) - The following is a list of the members of the new government of French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin announced Thursday, four days after the country's rejection of the EU constitution.  

President Jacques Chirac on Tuesday appointed Villepin to replace the unpopular Jean-Pierre Raffarin, and asked Nicolas Sarkozy to return to government as the number two in the cabinet and interior minister.  

Sarkozy was also named minister of state, which in effect formalized his position as Villepin's deputy.  

Philippe Douste-Blazy, health minister in the outgoing government, was named foreign minister, replacing Michel Barnier, who had served just over a year in the post.  

Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie, Social Affairs Minister Jean-Louis Borloo and Finance Minister Thierry Breton remained in their posts.     

MINISTERS:     

Minister of State, Interior and Territorial Development: Nicolas Sarkozy  

Defence: Michele Alliot-Marie  

Foreign Affairs: Philippe Douste-Blazy  

Labour, Social Cohesion and Housing: Jean-Louis Borloo  

Economy, Finance and Industry: Thierry Breton  

Education and Research: Gilles de Robien  

Justice: Pascal Clement  

Transport, Tourism and Maritime Affairs: Dominique Perben  

Health and Solidarity: Xavier Bertrand  

Agriculture and Fisheries: Dominique Bussereau  

Civil Service: Christian Jacob  

Culture and Communication: Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres  

Environment and Sustainable Development: Nelly Olin  

Relations with Overseas Territories: Francois Baroin  

Small and Medium-sized Businesses, Commerce and Craft: Renaud Dutreil  

Sports and Youth: Jean-Francois Lamour 

    

JUNIOR MINISTERS     

Relations with Parliament: Henri Cuq  

Promotion of Equal Opportunity: Azouz Begag  

Budget, State Reform and Government Spokesman: Jean-Francois Cope  

Labour Relations and Integration of Youth in the Workplace: Gerard Larcher  

Social Cohesion and Parity: Catherine Vautrin  

Cooperation, Development and Francophonie: Brigitte Girardin  

Communities: Brice Hortefeux  

European Affairs: Catherine Colonna  

Higher Education and Research: Francois Goulard  

Tourism: Leon Bertrand  

Social Security, the Elderly, the Handicapped and Family: Philippe Bas  

Industry: Francois Loos  

Foreign Trade: Christine Lagarde   

Veterans Affairs: Hamlaoui Mekachera  

Territorial Development: Christian Estrosi

 

© AFP

Subject: French News

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