INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Chirac hires new staffers to help with reelection bid

PARIS: French president Jacques Chirac has set up a new communications unit to boost his profile in view of a probable reelection bid in the spring of 2002.

PARIS: French president Jacques Chirac has set up a new communications unit to boost his profile in view of a probable reelection bid in the spring of 2002.

PARIS: French president Jacques Chirac has set up a new

communications unit to boost his profile in view of a probable

reelection bid in the spring of 2002.



Chirac has appointed Jerome Monod to take care of his image in the wake

of repeated attacks from the Socialist legislative majority in the

National Assembly and from within the ranks of his own Gaullist party,

notably Paris mayor Jean Tiberi.



Monod, a long-time friend of Chirac’s, is the former chairman of

Suez-Lyonnaise, the communications group that controls a number of

important French media, including Television par Satellite and private

channel M6.



Monod was effectively ousted from his position last year by current Suez

chairman Gerard Mestrallet, considered to be closer to Socialist prime

minister Lionel Jospin.



He has been given an office adjacent to Chirac’s at the Elysees Palace,

and he is already in daily contact with the head of state.



The day-to-day running of the Chirac press office continues in the hands

of his younger daughter Claude, official spokeswoman Catherine Colonna

and press secretary Agathe Samson.



Chirac was elected president of France in 1995.



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