INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Mercier tapped to aid Jospin's image

PARIS: French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, who will soon announce

his candidacy for the upcoming presidential elections, has named

Nathalie Mercier his image consultant.

Mercier is currently with Euro RSCG. She advised the Mauritian prime

minister in his unsuccessful campaign, and was communications advisor to

Senegalese President Abdou Diouf, who lost to the current head of state

in 2000.

Also expected is an appointment that should see the arrival of Jacques

Seguela, a founder of Euro RSCG and the architect of Francois

Mitterrand's 1981 victory.

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