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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

France's Cabinet Reshuffled

PARIS -- Former lawyer Christine Lagarde was named France's finance minister -- the first woman to hold the post -- and Jean-Louis Borloo, her predecessor, took over as the environment and energy minister in a reshuffle Tuesday a month into the new government.

In a move rich in symbolism, President Nicolas Sarkozy also named a woman of Senegalese origin and the head of a group that advocates for Muslim women junior ministers.

Sarkozy already had made a woman with North African roots, Rachida Dati, his justice minister. The additional appointments of Fadela Amara and Rama Yade highlight his determination to ensure that the government better reflects France's ethnic and religious diversity.

Lagarde was formerly France's agriculture minister. The reshuffle was prompted by the governing conservative party's less-stellar-than-expected performance in weekend legislative elections, which saw the defeat and resignation of the government's No. 2, Alain Juppe.

Borloo takes over from Juppe as the de-facto deputy prime minister.

At the helm of the key ministry, Lagarde will oversee a series of reforms, including tax cuts and a retooling of the country's 35-hour workweek.

Michel Barnier, a former foreign minister, will replace Lagarde at the Agriculture Ministry. That is expected to give him a key role in trade negotiations.

A prominent figure on the right, Juppe announced his resignation after losing his parliamentary race.