Hollande slashes security team
Published 01/06/2012 | 09:32
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.