Click on the headlines to read Mediapart's reports and analysis of the French government reshuffle in November.
A sketch of who's who and who's no more, and the complete list of new government members.
The new French government lost almost all of its centre-right ministers, notably the leaders of the two centrist movements. Marine Turchi reports on how the president turned his back on building a broad ruling majority.
Many observers interpreted the recent French government reshuffle as a sign of weakness on the part of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. On the contrary, argues Mediapart editor François Bonnet, the president has prepared a savvy tactic for re-election.
François Fillon was re-appointed as prime minister, leaving outgoing environment and energy minister Jean-Louis Borloo, hotly tipped for the job, out of government and a bitterly disappointed man who now appears ready to mount a centre-Right claim for the presidency in 2012. Martine Orange investigates the surprising networks and friendships of Borloo, and how he once made a small fortune out of busted businesses.
The president hoped the reshuffle would turn a political page on a volatile social crisis and the scandals rocking his presidency. But, argues Mediapart's Laurent Mauduit, the stage-managed media rumours and an abscence of political debate speak volumes about the president's attachment to democracy and a crisis within his own political camp. .
Bernard Kouchner was French foreign affairs minister until the reshuffle. It was an undignified departure for the former Socialist Party bigwig and humanitarian aid pioneer.With help of ministry insiders, Thomas Cantaloube charts the demise of a man who ended his career as an ineffectual minister serving his former political adversaries.