Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Hollande slashes security team

French president Francois Hollande is cutting more than 30 staff from his security team

France's new president Francois Hollande is shrinking his presidential security team and has named a woman to lead it for the first time.

Socialist Mr Hollande campaigned on promises to trim the financial deficit and be a more "normal" leader than his flashy predecessor, conservative Nicolas Sarkozy.

His new government's first move was to trim members' salaries, and Mr Hollande took a train to his first European Union summit instead of a plane.

Now Mr Hollande's office said he is re-organising the elite presidential security team, including a reduction in staff from 93 to fewer than 60.

He named Sophie Hatt to lead the team, noting in a statement that she is the first woman in the post.

Mr Hollande's cabinet is half women, half men, another pledge from his campaign.

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