French Cabinet Turns Heads Posted on May 18, 2007 Newly-elected French President Nicolas Sarkozy has made something of a splash with his new cabinet. Half of the governmentâs 15 ministers will be women. Bernard Kouchner, the socialist founder of Doctors Without Borders, will serve as the conservative governmentâs foreign minister. Justice Minister Rachida Dati is Franceâs first senior cabinet official with an ethnic minority background. It should be noted that although Kouchner is a socialist, he was one of handful of French leaders to support the invasion of Iraq, although he did so on humanitarian grounds. Half will be women? Don't the Muslims hate him enough? I wonder how many of them will be "tokens" as opposed to legitimate members. Politics is a game of appeasement, and Sarkozy seems to be off to a great start.