Friday, December 12, 2008

Le Maire Gets European Job

Bruno Le Maire will replace Jean-Pierre Jouyet as the man in charge of European affairs. Le Maire speaks German, which might help to smooth the strained relations between Sarkozy and his German interlocutors Merkel and Steinbruck. The appointment demonstrates that Sarkozy's grudge against Villepin doesn't extend to one of Villepin's closest collaborators, whose portrait of Sarko in Des hommes d'État, while respectful, is not altogether flattering.

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