New French Prime Minister Pierre Messmer carried out hurried consultation on Thursday (6 July) to set up his new government.
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Background: New French Prime Minister Pierre Messmer carried out hurried consultation on Thursday (6 July) to set up his new government. He received a stream of leading Gaullist politicians in the morning before making the announcement of his new cabinet Thursday evening.
The new French Prima Minister kept the main ministers of the outgoing administration of M. Jacques Chaban-Delmas, but brought in former Premier Edgar Faure in the major domestic post as Minister of State in charge of Social Affairs. M. Faure is a skilled politician who has considerable following among liberal Frenchmen.
M. Maurice Schumann remains Foreign Minister and M. Valery Giscard O'Estaing retains to Finance Ministry.
Staunch Gaullist Michel Debre remains Defence Minister.
With legislative electrons due next spring, President Pompidou and M. Messmer decided not to change the politically sensitive Interior Ministry, leaving it in the hands of Ramond Marcellin.
M. Messmer, who conferred with R. Pompidou before announcing the new government, said he expected his administration to show "cohesion and efficiency."
The new government is much smaller than the outgoing administration, and no major change in French foreign policy or in M. Pompidou's dealings with the Common Market are expected.