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Sarkozy fine-tunes government in light of poll results


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Sarkozy fine-tunes government in light of poll results

There is a new government line-up in France after the final round of parliamentary elections.

President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced that Jean-Louis Borloo will be number two in the government in charge of ecology.

Borloo, previously economy minister, replaces veteran right-wing politician Alain Juppé, who lost his parliamentary seat.

Moving into the finance role in the government of François Fillon is Christine Lagarde, the first ever woman to hold such a post in France.

Replacing her in the ministry of agriculture and fisheries is Michel Barnier, a former foreign minister.

Rama Yade, originally from Senegal, has been appointed a junior minister in charge of human rights.

And Fadela Amara, a well-known women’s rights activist, has been named a junior minister in charge of suburban affairs.

Observers say these last two appointments are part of President Sarkozy’s drive to make his government inclusive and open to diversity.

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