17th May, 2012
France’s new Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Thursday his priority would be to deal with the European debt crisis and that he wanted to push for a “different Europe”.
“The priority is to disentangle the crisis in Europe, while at the same time making progress on the most urgent issues,” he told news channel BFMTV.
Fabius, a former prime minister well known as a leading member of the “no” campaign during the 2005 referendum that saw France reject a European Constitution, insisted he was a committed European.
“I am profoundly European but we need a different Europe, a Europe that is much more focused on jobs,” he said.
Socialist President Francois Hollande’s new government was unveiled Wednesday and was to hold its first cabinet session later Thursday.