France has a new gender balanced government. Christiane Taubira is leading the way after being named justice minister. But she’s the highest ranking woman in the new Cabinet.
While sixteen others have been given portfolios out of the 34 available, apart from Taubira, the top jobs have all gone to men.
On the whole moderates dominate the lineup which includes allies and veterans of previous governments.
Among the senior ranking appointments – Laurent Fabius becomes foreign minister and Pierre Moscovici takes finance. Both must fulfil presidential election pledges including an early Afghanistan pull out of French troops and stimulating a stagnant economy.
Yesterday France’s new Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault formally took over from his predecessor Francois Fillon. When his new Cabinet first meets later today a priority will be to honour an election promise to recession hit voters – that of cutting their own salaries by 30 per cent.