As I predicted yesterday, MAM has become too much of a liability to be kept on, and Alain Juppé will replace her. Or so the rumor goes. But as rumors go, this one looks pretty solid, with the AFP attributing confirmation to "a minister."
I met Juppé once. My impressions: smart, sharp-tongued, arrogant. He's become slightly less arrogant over the years, and in his blog he sometimes comes across as downright warm and fuzzy. The exile in Canada may have mellowed him. In any case, he's certainly a more substantial presence at the Quai than either MAM or Kouchner.