The outgoing French president is due to make a televised farewell to the country tonight, ahead of the swearing-in of Nicolas Sarkozy tomorrow. EuroNews will cover Jacques Chirac’s speech live at 2000 central European time.
Sarkozy has officially stepped down as the head of the ruling UMP party and is now working out the lineup of his new cabinet. Former minister Francois Fillon has been named as a favourite for the post of Prime Minister. “In the coming days I will make important decisions for our country,” said Sarkozy. “I will do it by rallying people, in fairness, and efficiently.”
Former conservative Prime Minister Alain Juppé is tipped to become environment minister. However, the real surprise is the report that a popular leftist politician has been offered the post of Foreign Minister. It is unclear if Bernard Kouchner will say yes, with the news raising eyebrows among his former Socialist colleagues.