Dominique de Villepin: From interior minister to prime minister
French president Jacques Chirac names de Villepin prime minister. A bit strange since de Villepin comes from the same French political elite that voters rejected Sunday along with the EU Constitution (55% of votes were against).
BBC reports: "... The former interior minister replaces Jean-Pierre Raffarin, who tendered his resignation minutes earlier. President Jacques Chirac promised cabinet changes after the referendum, in which almost 55% voted "No". Correspondents say the result reflects domestic discontent as well as wider anxiety about the European project. Mr Chirac is due to address the nation on Tuesday evening to present a policy for the new team, which is expected to govern until elections in 2007. ..." Continued on BBC News website