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FRANCOIS FILLON GOVERNMENT UNVEILED
Elysee Palace Secretary General Claude Gueant announces the new government of French Prime Minister Francois Fillon in the courtyard of the Elysee in Paris May 18, 2007. Fillon has unveiled a 15 minister cabinet team that includes seven women. (UPI Photo/William Alix)
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François Charles Armand Fillon (French pronunciation: ; born 4 March 1954 in Le Mans, Sarthe) is Prime Minister of France. He was appointed to that office by President Nicolas Sarkozy on 17 May 2007. He served initially until 13 November 2010 when he resigned from being prime minister before a planned cabinet reshuffle.

On 14 November 2010, French President Nicolas Sarkozy reappointed Fillon as prime minister.

As a member of the UMP party, Fillon became Jean-Pierre Raffarin's Minister of Labour in 2002 and undertook controversial reforms of the 35-hour working week law and of the French retirement system (Lois Fillon). He became Minister of Education and Research in 2004 and proposed the much debated Fillon law on Education. In 2005, he was not included in the new government headed by Dominique de Villepin, but was elected senator for the Sarthe département. His role as a political advisor in Nicolas Sarkozy's successful race for president led to his current post.

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