Change of guard at French environment ministry

Roselyne Bachelot has been sacked as French envionment minister in a cabinet reshuffle following the centre-right government's poor showing in recent regional elections. Her replacement Serge Lepeltier, drew unlikely support from fomer socialist* environment minister Dominique Voynet, who said he "works on his networks and knows his subjects". Early challenges for the new minister include finalising a government action plan on climate change and France's national allocation plan for the EU greenhouse gas emission trading scheme, and preparing to present a new water law this autumn. See Mr Lepeltier's biography.

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