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October 23, 2021

Fillon reappointed French PM in cabinet reshuffle

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has reappointed Francois Fillon as prime minister yesterday in the first stage of a cabinet reshuffle, BBC News reported. The move comes a day after the entire government handed in its resignation.

The two men are now drawing up a list of other appointments which were likely to be announced on Sunday or Monday. There has been mounting political tension in France in recent months, and Sarkozy’s popularity is at an all-time low. Last month parliament passed controversial reforms to the country’s pension system which sparked widespread protests.

The incoming government will be in charge of implementing policy in the run-up to the next presidential elections in 2012. Fillon is seen as a calm and steadying figure, whose popularity ratings regularly exceed those of the president. Other senior figures are on their way out – notably Foreign Minis­ter Bernard Kouchner, a socialist who has recently expressed unease at some government policies, and Defence Minister Herve Morin.
In a statement, Fillon spelled out his priorities as head of the new government. “After three and a half years of brave reforms, carried out despite a severe global economic and financial crisis, I am starting… a new phase with determination which will allow our country to strengthen the growth of the economy to help jobs, promote solidarity and safeguard the security of all French people,” he said.

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