A large crowd of newsmen waited outside the main entrance of the Elyee Place in Paris on Wednesday (29 May), as President Valery Giscard D'Estaing's new Cabinet left following the announcement of their appointments.
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Background: A large crowd of newsmen waited outside the main entrance of the Elyee Place in Paris on Wednesday (29 May), as President Valery Giscard D'Estaing's new Cabinet left following the announcement of their appointments.
Among the first to brave the gauntlet of photographers were Mme. Simone Veil (the Minister of Health), M. Andre Jarrot (Minister of the Environment), and M. Christian Bonnet (the Minister of Agriculture).
Close behind were M. Pniatowski (Minister of the Interior), and M. Vincent Anequer (Minister of Commerce). The crush of photographers intensified as M. Jacques Chirac (Prime Minister) walked down the steps of the Palace. He wa soon followed by M. Jean Sauvagnargues (Minister of Foreign Affairs).
The new President has carried out his election promise to bring in new facxes to the Government. Of the 15 new ministers nominated on Wednesday - excluding Prime Minister Chirac, who was nominated the day before - only four in the previous Government of President Pompidou. Moreover, only four of the new ministers are members of the Gaullist UDR party.
The remainder of the new Cabinet come from the ranks of independent republicans, reformats, and those not affiliated to any party.
The appointment of M. Sauvagangues as Minister of Foreign Affairs, is particularly significant. He takes Cabinet office after being the French Ambassador in Bonn, and his appointment is seen as an indication of the importance President D'Eastaing attaches to France's relations with West Germany and European Affaire in general.