France gets caretaker environment minister

A stalwart supporter of French president Jacques Chirac has been named as environment minister in a caretaker government appointed after Mr Chirac's re-election as president on Sunday, pending parliamentary elections in June. Roselyne Bachelot was Mr Chirac's spokesperson during the presidential campaign and previously worked in the central political office of the president's RPR party. She has been described in media reports as outspoken. Speaking of her predecessors, Ms Bachelot said she preferred Yves Cochet's "dialogue and concertation" style to Dominique Voynet's "ideological" and "ineffective" approach. See environment ministry website.

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