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Sarkozy Taps Socialist FM, 7 Women For Cabinet

From those lovers of diversity at the Washington Post:

Sarkozy Names 7 Women to 15-Member Cabinet

New French President Taps Socialist as Foreign Minister, Cuts Panel’s Size by Half

By Molly Moore
Saturday, May 19, 2007; A12

PARIS, May 18 — French President Nicolas Sarkozy named women to nearly half of his cabinet positions Friday and designated the founder of Doctors Without Borders, a Socialist, as his foreign minister…

The most controversial of Sarkozy’s appointments is Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, 67, a popular politician and the founder of Doctors Without Borders, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning nonprofit organization that pioneered sending medical workers into the most dangerous and destitute reaches of the globe. Members of Kouchner’s Socialist Party branded him a traitor for taking a ministerial position under Sarkozy, who beat out Socialist Ségolène Royal for the presidency.

Socialist Party spokesman Benoît Hamon said the party would expel Kouchner

Sarkozy named as defense minister Hervé Morin, a centrist who was a key adviser to failed presidential candidate François Bayrou.

Michèle Alliot-Marie, Chirac’s defense minister, was made interior minister in charge of security and counterterrorism. Rachida Dati, 41, whose parents immigrated to France from Morocco and Algeria, will serve as justice minister. Women were also chosen as ministers of education, culture, health and sports, agriculture, and housing.

Sarkozy enlisted one of his closest political friends, Brice Hortefeux, to take over a new ministry of immigration, integration and national identity. When Sarkozy announced his plans to create the position, opponents as well as members of his own party criticized a ministry of national identity as too evocative of France’s experiences with the Vichy government, which did the bidding of the Nazis in deporting Jews during World War II

Gee, it didn’t take them very long to start calling Sarkozy a Nazi.

And it looks like the left had nothing to worry about after all.

C’est dommage.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, May 19th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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