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An overall point: Sarkozy promised a tight government composed of 15 ministers, an "action team". I think we end up with 33+ the PM = 34. As usual, the lollipops have been handed out.

Some individual remarks: Dominique Bussereau is Raffarin's man, but was accounted a very efficient minister in the last government, and may owe his position to that (at least partly). He's back handling Transport, which is his speciality. Trouble is, his speciality is supporting aviation. This to me doesn't look like it offers hope of a more intelligent attitude to transportation, and looks like an element of proof (if needed) that Borloo's ecological maxi-ministry is there for show.

Like other economic liberals from the UDF/UMP (Alain Madelin, Gérard Longuet, Patrick Devedjian), Hervé Novelli was a founding member of the 1960s street-fighting extreme-right group Occident.

Roselyne Bachelot recently said she refused to celebrate Mother's Day, as her mother had taught her, because it was founded during the war by Pétain as part of the Vichy notion of woman and her proper place. That was good - but when Sarkozy came out with his deliberate reminder of Vichy (the Ministry for Immigration and National Identity) she didn't bat an eyelid.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jun 19th, 2007 at 04:43:55 PM EST
Oh, I forgot: Jean-Louis Borloo is with the Radicaux Valoisiens in a phone booth ;)
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jun 19th, 2007 at 04:51:29 PM EST
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is that the man/woman ratio is calculated only on the 15 'ministres', and not on the overall government. I understand Sarkozy trying this, but why do the media let him get away with it?

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 19th, 2007 at 04:51:30 PM EST
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Do you mean TF1 who's new #2 was Sarkozy's campaign boss? France television, headed by Carolis who got his job because he had made a nice documentary about the First Lady, Bernadette Chirac ? Le Monde which is ultimately headed by Alain Minc, über member of the vast Conservative Neo Liberal Blood Sucking conspiracy ? The numerous Lagardère-who-witnessed-on-our-new-President-wedding?

Yeah, I wonder, too.

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Tue Jun 19th, 2007 at 05:10:22 PM EST
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Also, on the whole that government is very, very traditional. All tendencies of the majority are carefully represented, a couple "new and amazing" minister to have press articles but very bigwigs in the other important positions...

According to Le Monde today, it seems the former UDF centrists and liberals who joined the UMP in 2002 complained and threatened to form an independant group at the National Assembly from the UMP, which is why they got good representation in the government.

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Tue Jun 19th, 2007 at 05:21:23 PM EST
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I don't really understand why Bachelot is able to keep being a minister after all her gaffes - maybe the UMP bosses like to have somebody to point to and claim they aren't that reactionary. I don't believe in UMP fidelity to her Resistant Gaullist father.

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Tue Jun 19th, 2007 at 05:06:34 PM EST
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