PARIS – Is this a Cabinet meeting, or a family reunion? The new French government's first meeting includes a man and woman who had four children together, split up in the public eye and are now back together in the political spotlight.
President Francois Hollande shook up the government this week after his Socialist Party suffered an electoral defeat in nationwide municipal elections. Among two new faces in the Cabinet is Segolene Royal, a longtime politician and mother of Hollande's children, as environment and energy minister.
The new team is holding its first meeting Friday in the Elysee Palace.
Hollande and Royal split in 2007 and colleagues say they will keep things professional at the Cabinet table. Both politicians for 30 years, they have had strikingly parallel careers.