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France's new cabinet unveiled

English.news.cn   2014-04-02 23:35:10

PARIS, April 2 (Xinhua) -- France's Secretary-General of the Elysee Palace Pierre-Rene Lemas on Wednesday unveiled Francois Hollande's new government, a day after the new Prime Minister Manuel Valls took office.

The list name included 17 ministers, of which 7 were female, with Laurent Fabius remaining top diplomat.

Among the new faces are Socialist heavyweight Segolene Royal and Socialist senator Francois Rebsamen.

Graduated from the elite ENA School where many French leaders received education, Royal was named Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. She served as environment minister in 1992 and held several other ministerial portfolios, before racing for French presidential election in 2007.

Francois Rebsamen, one of Hollande's faithful allies, was nominated Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Dialogue, after the number of jobseekers in France's mainland rose to record in February and represented a 4.7-percent increase year-on-year.

Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici was replaced by Arnaud Montebourg, who would have to deliver the president's promise to cut public expenditure by 50 billion euros by 2017 within the framework of the "responsibility pact".

Other main changes included Benoit Hamon, deputy minister in charge of Social and Solidarity Economy and Consumption who was promoted to Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research, and Bernard Cazeneuve, deputy minister in charge of budget, nominated Interior Minister, while Minister for Crafts, Trade, and Tourism Sylvia Pinel was appointed Housing Minister, replacing Cecile Dufflot from the Green Party who refused to take part of the new government.

"It's time to move to a new stage. So I told Manuel Valls to lead France's government. It will be a limited, coherent and united team, a fighting government," Hollande announced Monday during a televised speech addressed to French people.

Reshuffle of Hollande's first government came after the Socialists suffered a severe setback in local elections.

In the seven-minute-televised speech, the French head of state added the new cabinet would work to transform promise of change, lower unemployment, green economy and more social justice into concrete doings by injecting fresh breath via "the responsibility pact."

Wednesday's transitional cabinet could be changed depending on parliamentary elections' results later this month.

The new cabinet is scheduled to hold its first meeting on Friday.

Editor: yan
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