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April 2, 2004
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France’s prime minister appointed a leading Jewish politician to head a new governmental department dealing with victims’ rights. Nicole Guedj, a leading figure in the Paris Consistoire who was behind a recent high-profile visit to France by Israeli journalists, takes up the post later this week. The role will keep her in the Justice Department, where she recently was appointed minister of prisons. Guedj’s move comes as part of a wide-scale Cabinet reshuffle following a landslide election victory for the opposition Socialist Party in last week’s regional elections. The other Jewish member of the Cabinet, Jean- Francois Cope, who was believed to be up for a more senior job, maintains his post as government spokesman.

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