<i>Sarkozy unveils new govt </i>
President Nicolas Sarkozy scored a political coup with a government shake-up bringing in the nephew of France's late Socialist leader Francois Mitterrand, but critics accused him yesterday of sidelining women and minorities.
Wrong-footing the French establishment who had bet on a minor rejig of the right-wing executive, Sarkozy on Tuesday carried out the first major government reshuffle since his election in mid-2007.
The French leader, who set out a roadmap for his new government in a speech to parliament on Monday, gathered his ministers for their first meeting on Wednesday, urging them to be "bold reformers."
Prime Minister Francois Fillon stays at the helm, but six ministers were fired while two left to take up European parliament seats, including Rachida Dati, the glamorous emblem of Sarkozy's drive to promote ethnic minorities.
Strong-armed into the EU race after falling out of favour with her mentor, Dati hands the justice ministry to ex-interior minister Michele Alliot-Marie.