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Scandal-hit French foreign minister forced out

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Scandal-hit French foreign minister forced out


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.

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