France’s embattled foreign minister has, as expected, been forced out of the job over a series of damaging gaffes concerning Tunisia’s revolution.
While not mentioning Michele Aliot-Marie by name, President Nicolas Sarkozy announced a mini-reshuffle on national television. He said ex-Prime Minister Alain Juppe would be given the Foreign Office portfolio.
Having previously held that job, too, Juppe was hailed as a “man of experience” by Sarkozy who said his success has been unanimously recognised.
Currently Defence Minister, Juppe had been sidelined for years over his role in a party financing scandal.
Alleged family links to a property deal with an associate of Tunisia’s ousted President Ben Ali as well as holiday trips on the businessman’s private plane with her parents and partner sealed Michele Alliot-Marie’s fate.