Sarkozy appoints François Fillon as Prime Minister of France
Thursday, May 17, 2007
The new President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy has appointed François Fillon to head the new French government. Fillon's predecessor Dominique de Villepin stepped down yesterday, and formally handed over the post during a ceremony today.
The nomination did not come as a surprise after the British newspaper the Tony Blair in a telephone conversation.had reported on May 8 that Sarkozy had introduced Fillon to
François Fillon (53) has been the political advisor of Sarkozy in thefor the past 2 years, and he was Sarko's campaign leader during the recent presidential elections. Fillon has experience in negotiating with the trade unions, having undertaken controversial reforms of the and the pension system. Sarkozy in his inauguration speech on Wednesday reiterated his plans to reform the French labour and social system, and Fillon will have to oversee these reforms as the new Prime Minister. Sarkozy said he wants to make the economy more flexible and lessen social tensions.
|I expect I'll end up being the first French premier with a Welsh wife.|
—François Fillon on the phone with Tony Blair, according to the Financial Times.
Wales. Ideologically, Fillon is being described as a moderate left-leaning member of the conservative UMP party.reported that Fillon is an Anglophile; his wife Penelope Clarke, with whom he has 5 children, was born in
Fillon had his first experience as a minister in 1993 when he became Minister for the Higher education and Research under PM. He later became Minister for the Post office, Telecommunications and Space, then Minister for the social Affairs, Work and Solidarity, and finally Minister for national Education, the Higher education and Research. At the university, he studied public law and political sciences.
Sarkozy might announce his cabinet of 15 ministers as early as Friday, half of which are going to be women, he said. Fillon will lead the UMP in the parliamentary elections next month. A poll on Wednesday predicted a 1.5% increase in votes for the UMP, up to 40%, compared to 28% status-quo for the allied socialists.
Reports say that Sarkozy has offered the foreign minister post to, co-founder of , who is seen as being on the left in French politics.
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