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.