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Who would have expected the new French President Nicholas Sarkozy to put together such an interesting cabinet?

France’s president Nicolas Sarkozy unveiled a compact 15-minister cabinet today that makes history by including seven women, the country’s first top minister of North African origin, and a maverick Socialist.

Perhaps most intriguing for Harry’s Place readers is France’s new Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner:

The appointment of Bernard Kouchner, a 67-year-old doctor-turned-politician as foreign minister is a coup for Mr Sarkozy, but has sparked angry recrimination in left-wing ranks. Mr Kouchner backed the losing Socialist presidential candidate Ségolène Royal in the election campaign.

More on Kouchner here.