Just three hours after French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced Francois Fillon as his Prime Minister – the pair were seen jogging together and the make-up of the new government was likely to be at the forefront of discussions. Following a breakfast meeting between the two this morning, Fillon took over from outgoing Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin at a ceremony at Matigon.
And now speculation increases as to who will make up the 53-year-old’s goverment – with an announcement likely on Friday. Former Prime Minister Alain Juppe is hot favourite to become the Minister of State for Environment, Energy and Transport. Juppe is considered the architect behind Sarkozy’s UMP party.
Bernard Kouchner was also at Matigon today as potential Foreign Affairs Minister in the government – this despite differences in political ideology with Sarkozy. Kouchner is the co-founder of Doctors Without Borders. Sarkozy’s election campaign spokeswoman – 41 year old lawyer, Rachida Dati looks like she may be rewarded with the Justice Minister post.
But whoever is chosen for the positions, Fillon will deal with a slimdowned government of just 15 ministers – with Sarkozy promising half of the positions to be taken by women.