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
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.