In replacing Dominique Strauss-Kahn as IMF chief, French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde becomes the first woman to lead the fund.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his government have been hit with a slew of scandals in recent months, most recently a tangle with French media.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy's cabinet reshuffle Sunday shows an Elysée Palace with a sharp eye on the 2012 elections. Sarkozy's ratings are at a historic low.
The acquittal of Dominique de Villepin over an alleged smear campaign clears the French former prime minister to return to politics and challenge President Nicolas Sarkozy's reelection in 2012.
Rwandan investigators issued a report Wednesday that implicates French soldiers – and top French officials – in the 1994 genocide.
Amid a high-profile romance with Italian supermodel Carla Bruni, the French president is facing tough questions and slipping in public opinion polls.