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  • Is this the end for Chirac?

    Originally posted by CNN
    Chirac unveils government shakeup.

    PARIS, France -- French President Jacques Chirac has unveiled a new government, with a major shakeup that includes the appointment of popular Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy as finance minister.

    Additionally, Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin will move to the post of interior minister with EU commissioner Michel Barnier to replace him, Chirac's office announced Wednesday.

    Chirac was under pressure to overhaul his government in the wake of a severe beating administered to the ruling Union for Popular Movement in weekend regional elections.

    Speculation was rife about possible changes after Chirac on Tuesday stuck with Jean-Pierre Raffarin as prime minister despite the poll rout. (Full story)

    Commentators had predicted Raffarin would be sacked, but on Tuesday he left the presidential palace in Paris smiling after hearing he would keep his job.

    Chirac met with Raffarin on Wednesday to put the finishing touches on the new government.

    For Villepin -- a staunch and vocal opponent of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq -- the new position is unlikely to be seen as a demotion.

    The minister of the interior is the head of most law enforcement and some counterterrorism agencies. The post is usually given to a very close ally of the president. (Full story)

    In other moves, Michelle Alliott-Marie is staying on as defense minister.

    But the biggest change is likely to be the new portfolio for Sarkozy, handing the seasoned politician the tough task of pushing through key reforms.

    Sarkozy replaces Francis Mer and faces possible widespread protests over public sector reforms.

    Sarkozy is the most popular politician in France, according to opinion polls, but his relationship with Chirac has been marred by Sarkozy's fierce presidential ambitions.

    He is considered one of the few politicians in France with the charisma and determination needed to head the finance ministry amid much public anger over government economic policy, budget cuts and high unemployment.

    The weekend polls saw the opposition Socialist party and its allies seize control of 24 of 26 regional assemblies after a series of strikes by teachers, hospital workers and public sector scientists over budget cuts.

    The two-round polls were seen as a major test for Raffarin's two-year-old government, whose mandate runs until 2007.

    French President Chirac names Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy as finance minister as part of a government shakeup.
    Why is Chirac in this much trouble politically? Does he have a prayer to keep his job?

  • #2
    Originally posted by Priest
    Why is Chirac in this much trouble politically? Does he have a prayer to keep his job?
    I think Chirac's conservative party's economic reform measures angered alot of people. Unemployment is high. The French economy is sluggish. Pension and other reforms have also upsetted the people.

    I don't know if Chirac's political life is imminently terminal. His cabinet shake up certainly has earned him some criticism. Most of the replacements have a strong political relationship with Chirac. This kind of cabinet will ensure solidarity on policy. However, it's purpose real purpose might be to insulate Chirac politically as his policies continue to draw criticism.
    "As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy."-Christopher Dawson - The Judgement of Nations, 1942

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    • #3
      Chirac is there until 2007. As Deltapooh says it, the French penalized with the vote the Raffarin's policy (the prime minister). In fact everybody thought that Chirac was going to change his prime minister, but he keeps it, despite the result of the elections.
      I don't like Chirac.

      LaPalice.
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      Mort devant Pavie.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by LaPalice
        I don't like Chirac.

        LaPalice.
        What don't you like about him? Why is the PM unpopular?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Don Maddox
          What don't you like about him? Why is the PM unpopular?
          I don't like him for his interior policy. One example : he gives money to the shopkeepers selling tobacco and newspapers, to the restaurateurs, but doesn't help the people who works in theaters, cinema and who need money, he doesn't give money to the research, because the firsts vote for him, not the seconds.
          He cuts many important budgets, don't help the education system...
          And finally when the population ask him to change the government after the election he doesn't do it.

          LaPalice.
          Monsieur de La Palice est mort
          Mort devant Pavie.
          Un quart d'heure avant sa mort
          Il était encore en vie...

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