The morning after the night before and France woke up to a new government on Monday after a long-awaited resuffle by President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Once disgraced ex prime minister, Alain Juppe, is back in the political fold, after a series of changes that appeared aimed at wooing back conservative voters ahead of the 2012 presidential election.
The opposition went on the attack. Socialist Party leader Martine Aubry said:’‘Being president means serving the French people, serving France. It does not mean preparing one’s own re-election. So, there’s a feeling, all this for that. And there’s a worry, because our country isn’t doing well, economically, and socially, It no longer holds its place in the world.’‘
On the streets of the French capital some Parisians
were also not convinced the long awaited resuffle represented real change.
One man said:’‘As people have been talking about this reshuffle for the last six months, I thought there would be new people joining the government. And here, there is nothing extraordinary. I mean it’s always the same people, so it’s probably the same policy.’‘
‘‘Fillion is still around, some posts have been changed, but I don’t think it will change much,’‘ another said.
With President Sarkozy’s popularity at rock bottom
Prime Minister Francois Fillon was among a number of figures to keep his job, in a resuffle that appears aimed at continuity rather than major change.