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Chirac Named French Premier; Cabinet Picked
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Mar 21, 1986
Start Page: 1
Section: 1; Foreign Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

[Jacques Chirac]'s new Cabinet was announced at the Elysee Palace, the presidential palace and residence. Under the constitution, the premier proposes the ministers, but the president appoints them. The list of the Chirac cabinet bore the marks of some [Francois Mitterrand] vetoes.

His relations with former President Valery Giscard d'Estaing illustrate some of the turns in Chirac's political career. In 1974, he angered his fellow Gaullists by supporting Giscard d'Estaing, a moderate conservative, for president. When Giscard d'Estaing was elected, he selected Chirac as his premier. But the two quarreled continually, and Chirac resigned in protest two years later, the only premier to quit on his own since the beginning of the Fifth Republic in 1958.

The other man dropped from the Cabinet was Sen. Etienne Dailly, whom Chirac had wanted for justice minister. Charles Pasqua, a leader in Chirac's party, was named minister of the interior as planned, but his power was diluted when a junior minister in charge of police also was named.

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