Border Lines: Chirac sets up media defence unit

PARIS - President Jacques Chirac, whose term of office ends in two years, is setting up a new communications unit to defend against media attacks on his record in office. He has appointed long-time friend and former chairman of media group Suez-Lyonnaise Jerome Monod to take charge of the unit.

PARIS - President Jacques Chirac, whose term of office ends in two

years, is setting up a new communications unit to defend against media

attacks on his record in office. He has appointed long-time friend and

former chairman of media group Suez-Lyonnaise Jerome Monod to take

charge of the unit.



Monod was ousted from his post last year by present Suez chairman Gerard

Mestrallet. Monod has been given an office at the Elysees Palace, and is

known to be in daily touch with the president. Chirac’s press office

remains under the control of his daughter Claude.



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