France to negotiate for Iraq hostages

PARIS, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- The French foreign minister was expected Sunday to begin negotiations for the release of two journalists taken hostage in Iraq.

French FM slams Sharon over Jews

TUNIS, Tunisia, July 20 (UPI) -- French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier lashed out at Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for calling on French Jews to immigrate to Israel.

Envoy says possible French role in Gaza

CAIRO, June 21 (UPI) -- French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier said Monday France might join any possible foreign peacekeeping presence in Gaza.

France, U.S. differ on Internet racism

PARIS, June 16 (UPI) -- France and the United States have found yet one more issue to differ on -- that of finding ways to combat racism on the Internet.

U.N. Iraq resolution draws mixed responses

NEW YORK, May 25 (UPI) -- A U.N. resolution on turning over sovereignty to Iraq drew mild to positive responses Tuesday from Security Council members.

French minister condemns Iraq occupation

PARIS, May 14 (UPI) -- France's foreign minister says Iraq is a black hole sucking in the world because of the United States' lack of direction, the BBC said Friday.

Raffarin shuffles French cabinet

PARIS, March 31 (UPI) -- French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin reshuffled his cabinet Wednesday after his party's heavy losses at the recent regional elections.
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Michel Barnier
French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier views an upcoming exhibition at a new museum in Yad Vashem during his visit to Israel on October 18, 2004. (UPI Photo/David Blumenfeld/POOL)

Michel Barnier (born 9 January 1951) is a French politician of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) and Vice President of the European People's Party (EPP). He was named Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries on June 18, 2007 and resigned on June 7, 2009 after being elected to the European Parliament.

Michel Barnier was born in La Tronche in the Isère département of the Rhône-Alpes région, in France. He graduated from ESCP Europe in 1972. Member of the staff of some Gaullist ministers in the 1970s, he was elected to the French National Assembly at 27 as a deputy for the Savoie département in 1978, under the banner of the Neo-Gaullist Rally for the Republic (RPR) and served in this function until 1993.

Together with Jean-Claude Killy he organised the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville as co-president of the COJO (Comité d'Organisation des Jeux Olympiques).

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