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Mitterrand Vetoes 4 Choices by Chirac for New French Cabinet
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Mar 20, 1986
Start Page: 13
Section: 1; Foreign Desk
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The French press reported that [Francois Mitterrand], who has the constitutional power to appoint the Cabinet, rejected [Jacques Chirac]'s choices for ministers of external relations, defense, interior and justice. Two of the choices, who had happily informed journalists of their designation earlier in the day, announced with obvious bitterness later that they have asked Chirac to withdraw their nominations.

According to French press reports, Mitterrand had insisted when the premiership was offered to Chirac on Tuesday night that the ministries of external relations and defense had to be filled by politicians who could work well with Mitterrand.

The government-run television reported that Chirac was informed Wednesday that Mitterrand would not accept four of his nominations: Jean Lecanuet, leader of the Union of the French Democracy, Chirac's partner in the conservative majority coalition, as minister of foreign relations; Etienne Dailly, a senator who has long opposed Mitterrand, as minister of justice; Charles Pasqua, a leader of Chirac's Rally for the Republic party, as minister of interior, and Francois Leotard, a leader of a faction of the Union of the French Democracy, as minister of defense.

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