Nicolas Sarkozy has announced a minor shake-up to his cabinet.
One of the French President’s top lieutenants, Xavier Bertand, will now head the governing UMP party. Key loyalist Brice Hortefeux, who last year oversaw the expulsion of nearly 30,000 illegal immigrants, will now takeover as labour and social affairs minister. Former Socialist economic policymaker Eric Besson will replace Hortefeux as Immigration Minister and is expected to place greater emphasis on integrating France’s black and Arab minorities. Despite recent criticism of their performances, Justice Minister Rachida Dati and Economy Minister Christine Lagarde remain in their posts.