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  • French Defense Minister on the Way Out?
    Posted by Christina Mackenzie 8:15 AM on Jun 17, 2010

    Everyone agrees quietly at the Eurosatory show that French defense minister Hervé Morin is on his way out.

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    He announced just before the show that the political party Nouveau Centre (new center) he founded after breaking away from the Liberal Democrats of François Bayrou would field a presidential candidate in the 2012 presidential elections in France. And as he is the head of the party the obvious candidate is himself; this puts him in an uncomfortable position if he remains as current President Nicolas Sarkozy's defense minister.

    A possible replacement could be former Prime Minister Alain Juppé, someone who at least has the advantage of a somewhat more military bearing. Morin's casual way of sitting (I call it slouching) and walking and his sometimes unfortunate table manners had a way of intensely irritating the military establishment.

    Tags: ar99, euro10

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