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Further blows to French standing in the commission as Barroso promotes more free-market Brits and Irish, and even sacks his French spokeswoman

By Manneken Pis   December 2005

Barroso reshuffles his pack

So farewell to the “ayatollah.” François Lamoureux, the most influential commission official over the last 20 years, has been sacked by José Manuel Barroso. While Lamoureux has been ousted as director general of transport and energy, his arch-rival, Irish free-marketeer Catherine Day, has replaced her compatriot David O’Sullivan as secretary general of the commission, the top non-political job. O’Sullivan, another liberal, has switched to the director generalship of trade, and Philip Lowe, a free-market Brit, retains the powerful director generalship of competition. So President Barroso, after one year in the job, has reshuffled his cards—sacking his…

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