Backgrounder: Major French ministers after minor cabinet reshuffle

16:12, June 30, 2011      

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy nominated Wednesday Budget Minister Francois Baroin to replace Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, who is moving next week to head the U.S.-based International Monetary Fund.

The following are major names in the refreshed cabinet under Prime Minister Francois Fillon:

Alain Juppe, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs and State Minister;

Gerard Longuet, Minister of Defense and Veterans and State Minister;

Claude Gueant, Minister for Interior and Overseas Territories, and Immigration;

Francois Baroin, Minister for Economy, Finance and Industry;

Mme. Valerie Pecresse, Minister of Budget, Public Accounts and the Civil Service, and State Reform, as well as government spokeswoman;

Francois Sauvadet, Minister of Public Service;

Laurent Wauquiez, Minister for Higher Education and Research;

Mme. Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing;

Michel Mercier, Minister of Justice and Liberty;

Xavier Bertrand, Minister for Labor, Employment and Health;

Luc Chatel, Minister for National Education, Youth and Community Life;

Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food;

Frederic Mitterand, Minister for Culture and Communication;

Mme. Chantal Jouanno, Minister for Sports;

Mme. Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Solidarity and Social Cohesion;

Maurice Leroy, Minister of Urban Development .

Source: Xinhua
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