Ayrault Named French Premier


French President François Hollande appointed Jean-Marc Ayrault as prime minister, saying the tandem would return to a traditional French division of power: a president who sets the broad agenda and a premier who implements it.

“I will define the priorities,” Mr. Hollande said in his inauguration speech at the Élysée Palace on Tuesday. “But I won’t decide on everything for everyone and everywhere.”

Mr. Hollande has said he would not govern like his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy, who kept a tight rein on day-to-day operations, often eclipsing his ministers and once calling his prime minister a “collaborator.”

Ayrault, 62 a former German teacher and long-time Hollande ally is now charged with forming a cabinet which will be unveiled in full on Wednesday.

WSJ/ Reuters