French President Nicolas Sarkozy was left with an immediate rethink over his cabinet on Monday following the loss of a senior minister in parliamentary polls.
While Sarkozy was able to formally reappoint Francois Fillon as his Prime Minister, their first job is to find a replacement for government No. 2 Alain Juppé.
Juppé narrowly lost his Bordeaux seat on Sunday to an unknown Socialist.
The highest profile casulty of the elections, Juppé had given his full support to Sarkozy on reforms.
“I rejoice that the President of the republic and the government are able to rely on a wide majority to implement the project that the French chose at the moment of the Presidental elections,” Juppe said.
Three candidates are being lined up as Juppé‘s successor at the newly created energy and environment ministry. The favourite is said to be Economy Minister Jean-Louis Borloo.
An appointment could come as early as Tuesday.