France is now under the socialist leadership of President François Hollande. May 15 was a day of rites of passage and symbolism, before getting down to governing. Swiss Italian television RSI reported.
The new cabinet chief in France is Jean-Marc Ayrault, a 62-year-old senior member in the socialist party, head of the group in parliament. The new prime minister is also a German-speaker, long steeped in German culture, a precious asset for key international relations, French television F3 reported.