17 May 2012

New French government unveiled

8:34 am on 17 May 2012

France's new Socialist Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has named his government, a day after Francois Hollande was inaugurated as president.

Former Prime Minister Laurent Fabius has been made foreign minister.

Hollande campaign chief and former European affairs minister Pierre Moscovici has been given the role of finance minister.

But, in a major development, party leader Martine Aubry turned down a post heading a "super ministry".

Sources told the BBC she saw no point in joining the cabinet if she was not Prime Minister.