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2 points to add to this excellent run-down.

  1. Its been implied in some reporting, and seems logical, that Sarkozy's aides chose/imposed the top aides on each minister; it would be interesting to track who those folks are. Especially at Justice, Foreign Affairs, Defense, Interior, Environment, and Economy. I think its unlikely Sarkozy would give free reign to someone not close to him, like Morin or MAM, in the ministries that could bring to light Clearstream/EADS, etc.

  2. On the appointment of 3 left deputies to international relations posts, this makes sense since Sarkozy's own positions on the key issues were, at least prior to some mid-campaign repositioning, rather unpopular: pro-Europe, "Atlantic" (ie pro-US), and he didn't have the personal relationships with African and middle eastern leaders that Mitterand and Chirac did. I would expect he'll try to run a lot of the foreign policy out of Elysee, but when there are difficult or unpopular moves to make, thats when Kouchner will be called on to smile like an idiot for the cameras (which he does exceedingly well).
by desmoulins (gsb6@lycos.com) on Tue Jun 19th, 2007 at 02:10:51 PM EST

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