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Xavier Bertrand Appointed French Health Minister

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced his new cabinet and appointed Xavier Bertrand to the new position of Minister for Labor, Employment, and Health. Minister Bertrand held the post of Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, and Solidarity from 2007 to 2009. He also served as Secretary of State for Health in charge of health insurance reforms from 2004 to 2005.

President Sarkozy appointed Nora Berra as the new Secretary of State for Health. Dr. Berra had been State Secretary for the Elderly since 2009. A trained physician, her political career began as a municipal councilor in Neuville-sur-Saône in the Rhône region of eastern France in 2001. She was elected to the Municipal Council of Lyon in 2008 and to the European Parliament in 2009.

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